Afraid. Average. Beautiful. Cog. Creative. Cutie. Daughter. Determined. Directionless. Employee. Empty. Energetic. Enough. Enthusiastic. Exhausted. Extrovert. Failure. Fat. Fearful. Flailing. Follower. Friendly. Gifted. Hot. Incompetent. Introvert. Leader. Mother. Old. Plain. Quiet. Servant. Sexy. Short. Shy. Sister. Skinny. Small. Special. Successful. Talented. Tall. Tired. Ugly. Unimportant. Unique. Unnoticed. Valuable. Victim. Wallflower. Weak. Wife. Worker. Worn-out. Worthy. Wounded. YOU.
For some, they are words spoken with profound love.
For some, they are words spoken from profound brokenness.
For some, they are words echoing in silence and absence.
And then there are the words we speak to ourselves—what we sense when we look at ourselves, when we choose how to spend our time, and even what echoes in our mind when we’re alone with God.
Sometimes these words are TRUTH, but other times they’re black-hole words, lies that suck us into darkness.
You don’t have to live up to others’ expectations, fake your way into others’ good graces, or cram yourself into others’ cookie-cutter versions of beauty or womanhood or faith.
Stand fresh and new, before God who made you and is present with you.
Listen in your soul (receive, accept, hold tight) to the light-giving words of truth:
You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
You are precious in God’s sight (Isaiah 43:4).
You are inexpressibly, overwhelmingly, absolutely-eternally forgiven (Ephesians 1:7-8).
You are God’s workmanship (his masterpiece, his poema) created for God’s divine purposes and to work God’s goodness in the world (Ephesians 2:10).
God loves you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3).
Step back and discover anew the core of who you are. The real you that you’ll find only in the warmth of God’s grace. The you made for light and for truth.