in some form or another there’s something in us that doesn’t feel whole. Whether it’s brokenness from relationships, broken dreams, broken lives, emotionally broken, physically broken, etc… It’s something we all feel and deal with, something we constantly feel and ask ourselves “What’s wrong with me?” and “Why am I so broken compared to everyone else?”. Why do we feel this need to hide our brokenness? Why do we feel we are so much less worthy than our peers? Why such a need to be perfect? These are the ways satan tricks us into breaking down, and not seeing that God wants to make whole.
In Japanese culture there’s an old tradition called Kintsugi, Kintsugi is the practice of taking a broken piece of pottery and fixing it with gold to make the piece beautiful again, to make it better than new. This is what God wants to do to us, He wants to make us better than new. We just have to let Him, let Him in, let Him work, let Him fix, let Him make us better than new. We are NEVER to broken to be fixed!
Mark Twain said “Comparison is the death of joy”. How true is that statement? How often do we compare ourselves to our peers and celebrities and find ourselves feeling worse and worse about ourselves? Why do we feel this need to compare? It doesn’t do us any good, it doesn’t build us up, or help us in any way.
Why don’t we show that we believe Psalm 139:14 when it says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”? We are so fearfully and wonderfully made, God made us the way we are for a reason, a purpose that we may never know or understand. We need to be cautious of what we are doing to win the approval of others.
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
What are some of the ways we try to win the approval of others? Posting that 5th selfie this week, boasting about your bible reading and making sure you add that #bible
in there just to make sure it gets lots of “likes” and comments. What is our motive behind our social media presence? Is it to show people random fun photos, or is it to get “likes”? Where is your affirmation coming from? Human beings or God?
Our true beauty comes from within. Our clothes, our hair, our looks, don’t show the true beauty of Christ. How we treat others, care for the less lovable, show compassion to those in need, and our Godly hearts desires are what makes us beautiful.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornments, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight
What we need to do to overcome this comparison is to pray and trust that God’s will is perfect, stop comparing ourselves to others, and take the focus off our brokenness and help others in theirs.
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future