Tuesday, January 31, 2012
I Heart You!
What shape is your face? When I was a teen it was very important to know what shape your face was. Or so the magazines said.
Was your face oval?
Was your face round?
Was your face square?
Was your face rectangle? and the best one..
Was your face heart-shaped?
I pondered this for hours. I studied my face in the mirror, pondering square? round? rectangle? I couldn't tell. But I knew what I wanted.
That's what I wanted. It sounded so sweet, so romantic. I would be loved by all! I would fit in! I would be liked! If only. If only. I would be beautiful if my face was declared heart-shaped! I sort of believed like that. Never considering that my face was the shape it already was. Declaring it any shape didn't change anything. I wanted perfection. I knew there was one shape that was THE best shape. I thought it was the heart-shape. I didn't know a heart-shaped face has a pointed chin. Not perfect. I didn't know that all shapes had good things and bad things. And that all were beautiful.
If I could go back and talk to that young Donna I would get her started on memorizing Psalms 139. Especially verses 13 and 14.
13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My soul didn't know anything than. I didn't know I was beautiful. I didn't know I was loved so much by my Father God. I didn't know that we are all beautiful to God. I didn't know that real beauty is from the inside out and that God's love flowing out of us brings a glow.
Do you know you are beautiful? Do ugly words jump up to argue with that as you read it? God loves you and as you let that soak in and you begin to comprehend that, you can begin to know who you are in Him. And when you know who you are in Him the beauty that is in you can start to shine out. Even if your face isn't heart shaped.