Lux Thinking Aloud

Just The Way You Are

1:42 AM

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
-Dr. Seuss

"You are beautiful just the way you are."

How many times have we heard that line? In the movies, in the books, and the in the lyrics of some songs.

I've heard it a million times. But the one time I couldn't forget that was one afternoon when I was feeling lost. I was just starting on my first job then. I was 20, a fresh grad, hungry and full of dreams.

I was still vulnerable and naive. Naturally, a little gossip and badmouthing could shatter me. I couldn't remember what issue got me really down then but I remember questioning myself. Was there something wrong with me? Was I too different? What do I need to fit in, to be like the rest so they won't always see me and my mistakes?

Just then I heard Joey McIntyre's song play:

Don't you ever wish you were someone else,
You were meant to be the way you are exactly.
Don't you ever say you don't like the way you are.
When you learn to love yourself, you're better off by far.
And I hope you always stay the same,
'cause there's nothing 'bout you I would change.

Coincident? I don't think so. I must have looked like a loony looking crestfallen then suddenly breaking into a smile. I felt God reassuring me that the world will try to change me into something or someone I'm not, but I am exactly the way He created me to be.

I was, still am, and will always be enough.

I was, still am, and will always be beautiful just the way I am.

I was, still am, and will always be the apple of His eye.

Because He doesn't create rejects.
Because I am not here by mistake. I have a purpose.
Because He created every cell of my body intricately.
Because He knit me together in my mother's womb.
Because I am His, He created me in His own image and likeness.
Because He said so.

No rumor, no gossip, no badmouthing, no criticism, no lies can change who I truly am in the eyes of God.

No mistake, no error, and no failure from my end can lessen His love for me.

No one can tell me I'm not good enough or I'm not worthy. 

Because Someone important laid down His life for me, as He did for you.

Because my love, you are beautiful and you are worthy just the way you are.

See also:
Know Your Worth

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  1. This is perfect... more people should read this... I'm sharing to my social media...

  2. wow! This is all kinds of inspiring, took me a while to believe that about myself, but now I am I am beautiful and i wouldn't change anything about me. After all, I am beautifully and wonderfully made in His image; right?

    please, permit me to share this post on my blog.

    1. Yes you are.

      You may go ahead and share it, dear. Thank you!

  3. Hiya Lux....I am sooooo loving this.....every line up there has a very inspiring message....this is great mami....How are you mami?...

    Tibs Tells Tales

    1. Hey, Tibs! Thanks again. It's been a while, huh? I'm doing fine, thanks for asking. Hope you're doing okay.

  4. This is a post we all need to read. How easy do we let the lies of the world convince us we aren't worthy. We are worthy in Jesus

  5. Every women in this world is worthy, you better believe it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Everyone including men, Ahmed. :)
      You're welcome.

    2. We don't have those, Lux. Men can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy. :D

    3. That's the spirit! :D

  6. Girl! AMEN!
    And way to recognize that song coming on right when you needed it as God's hand—I love getting little "love notes" like that form Him <3
    It's funny how quickly we forget that we have been created by an AMAZING GOD, who doesn't make mistakes! Yes, we live in an imperfect world—our own sin tries to destroy us—but we have a job to do, and He is preparing us for it.

    Thanks for linking up on FabHER Friday to share your great post!

    1. Thank you, Katrina. Thanks for the fab FabHER link party.

  7. I loved this! Thanks, God Bless, Jesus Loves, Lives, Saves!

  8. your blog has been such a Blessing to me, just wanted to say thank you

  9. A good reminder, Lux. When we come to fully believe and understand our worth in God's eyes, it changes everything! Have a blessed week!

    1. Beautiful change, from ashes to beauty. :)
      Thanks, June. Have a blessed week too!

  10. Such good words to remind us all that the only opinion that matters is His. Thanks for linking up to Testimony Tuesday!

  11. What another wonderful, truth-filled writing, Lux! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    1. Thank you, Christine. Always a pleasure to see you visit. :)

  12. Sweet Lux! I love this! No one is a mistake! We are so dearly loved- just as we are- AND He loves us enough to keep transforming us until we become all He created us to be. I love that God loves us so perfectly! hugs and blessings! bloggercaregroup :)

  13. In a way we had very similar thoughts this week, we are enough just the way we are. You write so beautifully and I am honoured that you shared your thoughts with me at #mummyandus thank you