You are beautiful.

Okay, I know we have all heard it from old people, but it’s actually sorta true. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. And before you leave because you can already see the path this post is going, please don’t. That’s all I got for my argument as to why you should stay…

So basically it wasn’t until this year that I realized I am a beautiful person. Key word: I. Not the girl I used to pretend to be so that everyone would like me, but the music loving nerd that over thinks everything. And what’s ironic is that when I stopped trying to be someone I’m not, people started to talk to me more… I think we all have this tendency to hide when we are afraid of rejection from other people, but now I am scared of giving someone the wrong perception of me. When you get close to someone and realize that he or she doesn’t actually appreciate you for you, it’s a really painful experience and it is those relationships or friendships that don’t work out. When it comes to romantic relationships especially, I find myself  running away and it is something I am working on tremendously, because it sucks when you have to be like dude we don’t actually work because I don’t know you enough, when in reality it was me he didn’t know the whole time because I was so scared of what he would think. The truth is that I and many other girls have done this because we don’t think we are enough the way we are. But I promise, we are MORE than enough.

According to Psalm 139:13, God knitted us in our Mother’s womb. He knows exactly how many hairs are on your head. He knows the real you, and he knows when you hide out of fear of rejection. I hate to put it so bluntly, but we are offending God when we hide from who we actually are… It’s like talking behind your best friends back, saying that he or she isn’t cool enough to be around anymore. We are basically telling God “Nah, the way you made me isn’t good enough”.

If God made you in his image, then of course you are beautiful. Beauty is confidence. Once you are able to own who you are and the way you look, act, talk, etc, love will come so easily. You won’t need a significant other to be fulfilled. You will be more grateful for the love you already have in your life. Instead of putting all of your energy on hating yourself, the energy goes into loving God, yourself, and others. The Greatest Commandment is basically the answer to everything, even this: 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” ( Matthew 22:37-40). There is a really cliche quote that says you can’t love others until you love yourself. And I am here to tell you from my experience, that it is indeed a valid cheesy quote.

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