Over the past few days, I have been feeling really down about myself. Every time I looked in the mirror, I didn’t like the image that stared back at me. My skin is breaking out, my hair is wild and out of control and my clothes look ragged and worn. All of these factors caused me to be a little depressed, and I was having the hardest time pulling myself out of that rut.
But this morning, I remembered this old church hymn:
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
These words reminded me I have not been speaking God’s word over my life.
I have been putting my hope in how I felt when I looked in the mirror (sinking sand) instead of trusting in God and believing what His Word says about me (solid rock).
When I looked in the mirror this morning, nothing about me had changed physically. The image that stared back at me was still the same as yesterday and the day before: my skin, my hair and my clothes all seemed ugly to me. But this time, instead of just accepting the negative thoughts that rushed to my mind, I began to speak God’s word.
I looked at my skin and I said, My skin may not be clear right now, but I am still beautiful. I am still fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), and no amount of breakouts can change that.
I looked at my hair and said, My hair may not be cooperating today, but the joy of the Lord is still my strength (Nehemiah 8:10), and nothing — not even a bad hair day — can take that joy away from me.
I looked at my clothes and said, My clothes may not be the most fashionable, but I am clothed with strength and dignity, and I can laugh at the days to come (Proverbs 31:25).
The way I look and the way I feel about myself is always subject to change, but God’s word and His promises never change. So today I am stepping out of the sinking sand and onto the solid Rock. Today I will put my hope in God and speak His word over my life.