Daughter of the King

Why do we have such a hard time loving ourselves?聽

I feel like all the answers to this question can be summed up by saying that we are trying too hard to be perfect.

The 鈥渓ure for perfection鈥 isn鈥檛 a bad thing. God has set eternity on our hearts. {Eccles. 3:11} so desiring this so normal- expected actually. But believing that us- mere humans, or other mere humans, can possibly fulfill that lure is were the hurt comes in.聽

We cannot be perfect. We will never be perfect therefore our relationships, our jobs, our hobbies, our creations, our thoughts, our days, our houses, our grades, our habits, our bodies, our faces, our personalities, our everything will never be perfect.聽

But there is actually so much freedom in that my friends! The Lord doesn鈥檛 expect perfection from us. Non perfection is not a sin. I think we often forget that. We try to fulfill the perfection that our hearts long for with ourselves, but the only perfection that will fulfill our hearts is Jesus. And He is freedom! He is freedom through His love and His peace and His joy. He desires for our souls to live free of worry and free of people pleasing.聽

That is what we are doing when we are trying to reach perfection. We are trying to please and/or impress those around us. I have gotten so caught up in perfection some days that I forget that pleasing Christ should be the one and only desire of my heart. I have tried so hard to achieve the body image that society tells me I should have, when the LORD sees me as beautiful. He actually thinks I鈥檓 breath taking guys! Like He desires me and He thinks of me as awesome!! He has made me a new creation; I am a creation without blemish! And He has made us this new creation through His own grace, not our performance “鈥淕od saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can鈥檛 take credit for this; it is a gift from God.鈥 {Ephesians 2:8} Now, after His grace, we are more than conquerors in this world.聽

He sees as as altogether beautiful. He sees us a chosen. He sees us as His- because we are. We have His approval. Isn鈥檛 that beautiful? I don鈥檛 have to have a fear of acceptance. I can live in the unceasing peace from the Lord and know that no matter what others say about me or even think about me, I am covered by His grace and mercy. He has called me here on this earth to be His salt and light. I am here on a mission to make His name known. I have a heavenly calling to do His good works and that is what He asks of me. He doesn鈥檛 ask for perfection but for desire directed towards Him.聽

We never need to be perfect because with the blood of Jesus, God sees us as perfect. Oh my gosh, my friends, we have seriously gotten it wrong in our minds. We have to stop chasing earthly perfection and set our minds on things from above. This world will never satisfy us.聽

Dear Jesus, please help me chase You. I want to see me how you see me. I know in my mind that I am a beautiful child of You, but I so often forget that in my heart. I sometimes let this world shake me and I begin to try to satisfy my own heart. Help me know that I cannot ever find something more invisible than you. You are my Lord and You are my rock. If I try to stand firm on this world I will fall every single time. Dear Savior “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.鈥 {Psalms 61:2}

Help me know so deeply in my soul that I am a daughter of the Most High King! Help me desire You, my King, more and more with each breath.聽IMG_5983