I admit, I’m an avid advocate for the Dove Campaign to real beauty. We studied about Dove’s campaign when I was in college, as well as many other PR campaigns. But this one stuck with me. As a woman, I full knowledgeably struggle with my appearance just like the majority of the world. According to Dove’s research, only four percent of the world knows they are beautiful and truly accepts it.
What does it mean to see yourself completely beautiful and accept it?
Here’s how I convince myself (and others) that we are:
So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth. And God said, See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the land and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to all the animals on the earth and to every bird of the air and to everything that creeps on the ground–to everything in which there is the breath of life–I have given every green plant for food. And it was so. And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it completely. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.
– Genesis 1:27-31 (AMP)
I emphasize the need to use Genesis because it’s a time when God first created the sky, the sun, the earth and shindig. Then eventually creatures for man to rule over. But He wouldn’t have made us without making sure He knew it was His perfect creation. God was pleased when He first made Adam. But He disliked seeing him alone, so a woman was also created from Adam’s rib. Once He completed His tasks, He was satisfied.
If you study into it further, Adam and Eve changed God’s relationship with man. But at the same time, God is still pleased with His initial creation. So, for us to be convinced we not are beautifully made in His image is a lie.
For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb.
-Psalm 139:13 (AMP)
So, no matter how many times you look in the mirror and think you’re ugly – you’re still beautiful to God and perfectly made.
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