Imperfections may make it feel like we need to be better. Or at least to appear better. Our friends and family love us for who we are, yet still, we try to change ourselves.
Maybe we don’t feel smart enough, strong enough, or good enough. Maybe we wish we could sing like them, or be as popular as they are, or have clothes like they do. Maybe we wish we had a job like them, or the life they do…Maybe we don’t feel accepted as we are, so we try to change. Try to hide our flaws because we think people won’t like us otherwise.
What if it isn’t about feeling accepted by others? What if—it’s about accepting ourselves?
We all have things we don’t like about ourselves. Things we wish we could change. It’s like looking in the mirror and only seeing the reflection, not the true person behind the glass. Like only seeing how great everyone else is, but not giving yourself credit for your own accomplishments.
If all we see is our imperfections, how can we know our worth?
Maybe to understand our worth, we must first understand and accept our flaws.
But, what if our flaws aren’t really flaws? I mean, don’t get me wrong: nobody is perfect. The things that make us different—those are the things that make us who we are. Being different isn’t a bad thing—you are uniquely you—embrace it!
I’m not perfect. I don’t have the perfect body. I don’t have my life figured out. I’m quirky and can be awkward, but I’m also hilarious and real. I can’t hide who I am. I’m a terrible actress anyway—my emotions are written all over my face.
Can anyone else relate?
I’m confident, yet also insecure. Put-together, but entirely confused. A dreamer, yet a realist. I’m kind of like a human-paradox.
Aren’t we all?
Instead of trying to change myself, I choose to love myself!
That doesn’t mean I love myself all the time, just that I know I am worthy of being loved. Because my worth is found in the one above.
Because I am me—and that is enough.
We are all imperfectly human.
We can either see our imperfections as opportunities to learn and grow, or we can try to mask them. Instead of trying to hide our flaws, why not embrace them? Where is the line between self-growth and insecurity? Are you growing to better yourself, or trying to change yourself because you are insecure about who you are?
God made you for a purpose. Your insecurities don’t have the power to define you.
So, let God define you.
I know. I know. It’s easy to say “just be you!” or “love yourself!” At the end of the day, these are just words.
The Bible tell us, we are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” but how can we believe it?
I think that’s where faith comes in. Faith that each of us have been created with a purpose. Faith that if God can love us, we can also love ourselves.
I get it. Actually being and loving yourself for who you are is a whole other challenge. Only you have the power to turn words into action. God can change your heart, but you have to let Him. Maybe your insecurities are the areas in your life God can work in the most!
There is no such thing as “perfect” and if there was, I wouldn’t want to be. I embrace my flaws because those “flaws” are what make me unique. What makes me, me.
Your flaws aren’t really flaws—they are just a part of being human. I mean, yes, flaws exist, but embracing them is just a part of growing up. A part of finding yourself. A part of living.
All a part of understanding God’s purpose for your life.
Embrace who you are.
I’ve learned that we are all perfectly imperfect.
I am accepted and loved for who I am.
And you know what?
So are you.
Hi! My name is Rachel. I love to write. Write about life, love, and reflect on how the past builds the future. Mostly, I love to tell stories because I believe there is something about stories that brings the world closer together. You can check out some of my writing reflections here at Rachel Writes.