What is Perfect?
Who determines where we find beautiful treasures? Who decides what is useful or perfect? A blogger buddy of mine, Kristin at The Peculiar Treasure, recently wrote a blog post challenging us to look beyond our imperfections in appearance. While we all struggle with insecurities on how we look, she encouraged us to post a selfie or a photo to show our worth has nothing to do with our appearance. I accepted this challenge to find the beautiful treasures, but with my own spin.
It has helped me through so much in finding my self-worth. I used to feel useless, like I had nothing to offer the world. I was angry, depressed and struggled to make it through school just so I could shut myself up in my room. Not just because of my appearance but because of who I was as a person. I just didn’t like myself and I wanted to to keep others from being burdened with my presence.
Finding My Own Beautiful Treasures
It might seem silly to some, but through these projects I have been able to understand what God sees when He looks at me. Sometimes, I feel like a crumbled up piece of wrapping paper that’s served it’s purpose. Upcycling has shown me to look beyond that. Now I see potential in that paper, just like He sees my potential. Instead of crumbled up wrapping paper, I see bows. These add just a touch of care to someone’s gift to make them feel extra special.
Or my favorite, plastic bags. They blow around lost in the wind, which is how I feel at times. But someone else had the foresight and care to make plarn instead. I learned how too. Instead of wasting these bags, I make the plarn to crochet new bags for homeless to carry their items in. It might seem silly to some or a waste of time, but it’s going show someone that they have beautiful treasures inside too. What beautiful treasures could you look for?
What beautiful treasures are we missing?
I feel like that’s what God is doing with me. As much as I feel useless and like a failure in so many areas, I can feel God working on me. Turning my scars into something beautiful, something that can be used to help others. A lot of people walk around feeling useless, but the fact is just like creators who work with ‘trash’, God is working with us to make us into something new and better. Beautiful treasures, unexpected treasures. I want you to know that you are not useless, just because people can’t see your worth, God does. You are His masterpiece and it takes time to finish those.
Just like this upcycled ‘trash’, God uses us to make the world beautiful. He doesn’t care what we look like just as long as we are using our strengths for His work. If we do as God has called us, then our appearance won’t matter. We can inspire others to look beyond our outside and see how beautiful people are in the outside.
So I encourage you to look beyond your appearance. See beauty in the fallen and imperfect. We all have a purpose and we need to use that purpose to help others see they too are #thebeautifultreasures in life!
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