I heard this quote yesterday, “Snow White never had a bad day.” Ummm, that’s because she’s a cartoon. But I know what was meant. Make every day a good day, right? Well, speaking of Snow White, as women our appearance can be such a big part of our day, unfortunately. In our heads.
Example: a good hair day? Great. Give it to me. Every day please. Nothing more empowering than a good hair day. Reality: these don’t happen very often. To me. If they happen to you, please tell us your secret. So let’s say your day starts off with a not-your-finest-work kind of hair day. Then you decide to not WASTE a cute outfit on not-great-hair. Then you look in the mirror, hate yourself a little more, and jump into your day. Just me? Oh my, I hope not.
The thing is, sometimes whether our hair day is good or not, we beat ourselves up all day about everything. Looks. Food choices. Status. Our homes. Our involvement level in our kids’ schools. Our competence in our jobs. Keeping up with the Joneses. We just can’t measure up, on our own. ON OUR OWN. Did you catch that?
I’m so thankful my identity is found in CHRIST. He created us all to be unique. So what happens when you compare yourself with your neighbor? That’s such a trap. Of course you’re not like her. You’re UNIQUE! Your identity is found in CHRIST! One of my favorite quotes is “Be yourself, everybody else is already taken.” So true! If you’re not being YOU, to your full potential, just think about what the world is missing.
I’d challenge you to do something different this week. When those negative thoughts start replaying in your head, make a conscious effort to stop them. Pray for God to show you your beautiful, unique qualities. Pray for opportunities to use the gifts He’s given you. Think about how you can be a blessing to others. Did you notice the progression? It’s all about turning those ugly, selfish thoughts into being FREE to let God use you how He intended!
Friends, this could be revolutionary. What if we took all of the wasted time we spend on degrading ourselves, and turned it for good? Looked for ways to love others? Whoa. It could be amazing. Last night a sweet friend I haven’t seen in awhile stopped by with the most beautiful chocolate cupcakes, and the sweetest card. Just because. What??? That friend, who is so busy in her own life, and has plenty of things to do on a Tuesday night, took time out of her crazy schedule to stop by and see ME. Just because. Made my week. It was a lesson to me as well. What can I do for someone this week? What can you do? This could be the most joyful week of the year!
As part of the fun, if you come up with a great, simple idea of how you can be a blessing to a friend this week, post it in the comments below. Let’s do this!