by Ariane Cunningham
How many of us wake up, look in the mirror, and immediately notice all of our flaws. You may see a silver strand in your hair that you hadn’t seen before, a blemish that just won’t go away, or those fine lines around our eyes that, although we have tried all the eye creams available to man, just won’t go away.
My friends, what if we were to see ourselves as God sees us as the “seal of perfection, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.” (Ezekiel 28:12) Wow! How powerful is that?
Powerful affirmations of one’s self should be hidden in our hearts and minds. Sometimes, we seek affirmation from others to tell us we are attractive, smart, flawlessly dressed, and an overall wonderful person. These affirmations from others that are near and dear to us are priceless. Sadly, all of us do not have individuals in our lives to affirm us. My friends, this is when we must look inward and upward and see ourselves as our Creature sees us. What does that mean, you may ask. “God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
God, in all of his holiness, created us in his image. In this, we should have hope. God also gave each and everyone of us free will, and we can choose today to say “I choose to see myself as God sees me, fearfully and wonderfully made.” We can choose to look into the mirror and see our value, not our flaws. We can choose to see ourselves as more than a conqueror. We can choose to see ourselves as a winner, not the loser. We can choose to see ourselves as the victor, not the victim. We can choose to believe in ourselves, knowing our Creator believes in us more than we can fathom.
Choose today to see yourself as God sees you. Imagine his greatness within you. You are precious in his sight.
Deep Zen Meditation