Esteem & Empowerment | Finding Your Beauty In A Filtered World

October 27, 2014 | LOVE EMBRACE INSPIRE  | By Marline Francois

We live in a society where a lot of focus has been placed on “SELF”. The more beautiful you are, the more successful you are, the more material things you possessed, the more “likes” you get on social media has given many a sense of self-worth and validation. I looked up the word “SELF” in the dictionary which is defined as “a person’s essential being that distinguishes them from others”. The downside of “SELF” is that many young women are struggling with their self-worth and  don’t love who God created them to be. Many young women fail to see themselves through the lenses of God and continue to live their lives through the filtered images they post on social media.

As a social worker, I meet various women that are struggling with their self-worth on a daily basis. Many are comparing themselves through the lives of others and what is displayed in the media. Many are dealing with low self-esteem, shame, guilt and depression.  Many don’t value the women that God has called them to be, but if you read scriptures carefully The Lord states that “You are FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY MADE”. So when you read that scripture know that God delights in you and adores you. Even when you mess up, the Lord is gracious with you and still loves you unconditionally.

Ladies, don’t ever allow the media or your circumstances to make you devalue the woman God has called you to be. Your self-worth is not defined by others, but it is defined by your identity in Christ. Don’t get caught up with the “SELFIES”, but focus more on building your inner beauty. If you are struggling with finding beauty  within your self then allow God to penetrate within your heart to show you your identity in Him. Be transparent with your flaws and your scars, for one day they will birth beautiful dreams within you.

Ladies, God loves you so much and has so much in store for your future. He has not forgotten about you, nor will He leave you the way you are. If you are not struggling in this area, then I challenge you to help another sister that is struggling with their self-esteem. Edify and affirm your sisters daily, so they can too help others to find their inner and outer beauty in a filtered world.

 Psalm 139; 13-15
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
You Are 
Wonderfully Made, 
Marline

2 comments:

  1. Marline I love this article and I completely agree with you! These days, so many people look to the media as validation for what we should look like, dress or act like. Women are afraid to be themselves becasue they fear disapproval from their peers. There is even a perception on what the 'perfect selfie' is supposed to look like. Many women will take about 20 pictures and end up deleting majority of them because it's not 'pretty' enough or they aren't posing the right way or wearing a cute enough outfit in the eyes of the media and social networking. Beauty should not be portrayed by how many 'likes' you get or what we see on television and in magazines. God created us each uniquely and individually, and that itself is beautiful.

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    1. I completely agree with you Dominique! We need to teach other women and young girls that their beauty comes from within :)

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