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you are priceless

Have you ever rolled out of bed and immediately begun to bash yourself? Your hair won’t cooperate, your outfit doesn’t match, your acne decided that it hates you even more than it already does, and the list goes on and on…

I think, especially as a girl, it’s a regular thing for this scenario to play out. It’s a regular thing for a girl in today’s society to stand in front of a mirror and hate what she sees. It’s a regular thing for us girls to compare ourselves to people that we think meet a standard of beauty that we deem “perfect.”

Let me fill you in on a little secret: no one is perfect. No. One. If Hannah Montana taught you anything, let it be that.

The word “perfect” holds so much weight, and if we can try to stop using it as a way to describe other people, don’t you think we might start to be a little easier on ourselves?

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I need to change my life outlook in 2017, and I’ve discovered that, above anything else, everyone deserves to feel love. Everyone deserves to feel worthy. That no one should feel that they have to be perfect to achieve these things.

And here’s the thing: you don’t have to be perfect. You never did.

Those days that you were looking at yourself in disgust? Those were the same days that the Creator of this universe was looking at you with unfailing love.

As always, a quote on Pinterest led me to my keyboard today, and this is what it said:

“I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.”

In all things, I believe that is some pretty substantial advice. Do not strive to be perfect for the world, strive to, as Psalm 34:14 says, “seek peace and pursue it.”

Seek a relationship with the Lord. Pursue it with your whole heart. Because He sees the potential in you. He knows your beauty even when you don’t. He will never leave you. It is so liberating when you finally see yourself and your “flaws” as the absolutely unique creation that you are and not as the impure being the world has told you to be.

Here’s another thing that I want you to be reminded of: you are priceless.

Priceless and perfect can seem interchangeable, but you will always be the former and will never be the latter.

You will never be perfect because perfection is defined by so many different aspects and so many different people. It is unattainable. It is worldly.

You will always be priceless because to be priceless is to know that you are more important than what the world thinks of you. You can look past the judgements, the negativity, and the standards and see the bigger picture. To know that you are living for an audience of One–that is liberating. That is priceless.

You are worth more than what you think about yourself. You are worth more than what the world thinks of you. You are worth more than all the money in the world. You are priceless.

Here’s a song that will never let you forget that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX9oWOdZccA

 

 

 

By laurenstockam

Lauren is graduate student at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.

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