Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine I trust that You are well this Sunday and that You have found time to watch some sport amid the showers, or to pray.
This week I would like to focus our thoughts and prayers on those who have issues with how they appear. It is always interesting to read the Bible on this issue, which makes clear that how We look is irrelevant. It is how We are that really matters. One could say that the Bible was way ahead of its time and is still a useful tool in this modern, image-conscious and too often narcissistic age.
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Still, there are those who are bullied for being ugly. There are young people especially who hide away for they are not comfortable with their outward appearance. There are grown adults who have led bitter and twisted lives because they were always considered ugly and are lonely outliers because of it. They were perhaps called Mr Potato Head at school, or were teased for their looks in some other cruel way. Let us today pray for these people, for whom of late a mask has been a real blessing and a liberation – that they may find the strength to embrace realities and recognise that We are what We are.
It’s not just teenagers who struggle with self-worth. Almost every single one of us will feel inadequate or suffer from low self-esteem at some point in our adult lives. Maybe there’s a responsibility that You’ve been given at work that You feel incapable of taking on, despite possessing the necessary skills and experience, or maybe You’re insecure about your ability to be a good friend or parent, even though to everyone else You’re doing a great job.
Whatever it is, it can play on Your mind and cause You to misinterpret Your worth. Low self-esteem can also affect You when You overly focus on things You lack. When these thoughts cross Your mind it’s important to remind Yourself that God sees You differently to the way the world does, and to Him You are worth so much that He gave His only Son to save You.
This Sunday please feel free to pray. Have a peaceful day and a bounteous week to come. God bless You all. Be well and be good to your fellow human beings, even to those who are far more blessed than You.
Lord I pray for courage to walk in the plans that you have for me. I pray that you would keep me close as I step out in faith and do your will for my life. I admit I am afraid, but I will not let fear rob me from the blessings that you have for me. Peace, confidence, and courage!