Daily Delight

Friday, March 10, 2017

Too often, we find it easier to put ourselves down than to appreciate the amazing things that we encompass. When we focus on ridiculing parts of ourselves, it limits us from seeing the beauty others see. We need to stop seeking validation from others. We need to stop placing all our worth in the values of other people. We need to accept the reality that we will never be able to please everyone. Dita Von Teese illustrates it perfectly: “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches."

If a group of people compliment you somehow, naturally you feel really good about yourself. However, all it takes is for one person to say they don’t like your outfit and that emotionally impacts us the most. Why do we let a single negative comment outweigh compliments? We need to stop resonating on those things that hinder our happiness – no matter what it is.

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." -Romans 12:2 (NIV) 

Regardless of how your self confidence is right now, we all have days where we aren’t 100% happy with how we wake up in the morning. I encourage you in that moment to look yourself in the mirror. You are beautiful, both inside and out. You are the only person in this world like you. Let that precious gift sink in. Be yourself, love yourself and absolutely own it. 

This isn’t going to guarantee that you will be a confident and positive person from this point forward. I can assure you there will be days where you will feel fantastic and there will be days where you feel completely on the other end of the spectrum. It is in that moment that I will be reading this again to remind myself of where I should be placing my value and worth – not in people, money or society’s idea of beauty, nor in these worldly and materialistic things, but firmly placing it within God. 

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About the Author
Jessica Shipton≫ ≫ Jessica is a twenty-year old student in her third and final year at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. She is studying a Bachelor of Communication, completing a double major in Digital & Social Media and Public Communications (Advertising). 

Jessica enjoys traveling and holds a passion for God, people and writing. Her personal blog is where these three things combine to create something special in an attempt to inspire, encourage and bless others. You can find it here!


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