How do you see yourself? When you look in the mirror and see your reflection looking back, what do you actually think about yourself? If I could plug some kind of technology into your head and broadcast your thoughts to the world, what would people think about how you actually think about yourself? Far as I can remember I’ve been battling with my self image, even as a Christian. My first memories of me not liking my image, my appearance is when I discovered that my eyes were crooked. I was cross eyed. Kid and adults teased me because of that. Having crossed eyes wasn’t a walk in the park. In fact, I hated walking to the park or anywhere for that matter. I remember times that I would stand in the mirror and cry rivers upon rivers of tears.
Another thing I didn’t like was having big ears, especially as a kid. Not to mention that I had a skinny build. So here I am, this little skinny, cross eyed, and big eared kid. The more I grew, the more I despised my self image. To make matters worse, I stuttered and was also clumsy. It was like, “Why me?” It was like I received all the worst traits from the both sides of the family. This is only a small list of things concerning my self image that I despised. Even today I have to war with and fight against me not liking how I look. It’s called body shaming. With that, I know I’m not the only one. There are millions upon millions of people who feel the same way about how they look. Some of you who are reading this feel the same way about how you look, even worse. This is why plastic surgery is a multi-billion dollar industry. This is why health and wealth is a multi-billion dollar industry. I’m not saying to not take care of yourself. Despite how you look, exercise, eat right, drink plenty of water, and get plenty of rest. The issue is when you become so consumed in not liking the way you look, like I did.
Back in 2001, I was so fed up with having crossed eyes that I went and had corrective eye surgery. After my eyes healed fully healed five days after the surgery, my eyes were completely straight. I thought for sure that was the end of all of my insecurities. I was so wrong. The honey moon phase of having perfectly straight eyes was short lived. After that I began to focus more on other things about my body I didn’t like. It’s been a battle since. So much so that I’ve blamed God and wanted to commit suicide. Everyday I have to battle and resist thoughts of not liking how I look. I have to stay focused on the love of God more than anything. I no longer blame God for how I look, it’s not His fault. The truth is we live in a fallen world and we all were born into sin and sin affects people in different ways. I know people who has it worse than me.
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves with other people. I still catch myself doing it. How does it feel to live with yourself 24 hours a day, seven days a week? I’m just coming to a point in my life of learning to love me, despite how I look. I would say the same to you. Despite what you don’t like about how you look, learn to love yourself in a healthy way. Everyday I’m digging deeper and learning about the love of Christ. How we look is only a third part of our totality. The real us, is not our body, but our spirit and our spirit is made in the image and likeness of God. Our body is only a shell that houses our spirit. Just like an astronaut can’t travel into space without a space suit, our spirit can’t live on the earth without our body. The real you is not your body, but your spirit.
With that said. If there is some kind of deformity about your body, God can fully restore it or give you a new body part. I know I lost some of you with that statement. When you read through the four Gospels, you see Jesus healing all manner of sickness and disease and restoring body parts. Hebrews 13:8, Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. What He did in the Gospels He still does today but it takes faith on your part to believe Him for what you need. Matthew 15:30–31, And great multitudes came to Jesus, having with them those who were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at the feet of Jesus; and He healed them. So much so that the multitude wondered when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see, and they glorified the God of Israel. All things are possible with God if you believe.
I know these things are possible with God if we truly believe. Do you want to build faith to receive healing or a new body from God? Then take a journey through the Gospels and study all the healings and miracles performed by Jesus. He is not a respecter of person but He is a respecter of faith. What’s a body part to God? Nothing. After all, He created the Universe. I’ve witnessed with my own eyes signs, wonders, and miracles, from blinded eyes fully restored to 20/20 vision, broken bones fully repaired, and crooked spines made straight within minutes just to name a few. Around the globe, 24 hours a day, people are receiving divine healing and new body parts through the simple act of faith. Will you believe and receive or just laugh at what you just read. It’s up to you. With God all things are possible to those who believe. Those who don’t believe won’t receive.