Here I go! This is my first time linking up with the other ladies at Lisa-Jo Baker’s blog for Five Minute Friday.
The objective? Write unedited, unscripted, unfixed for five minutes on the prompt she gives. Then link up on her blog with the others who accepted the challenge.
This week’s topic: Beautiful.
For years I have struggled with seeing myself as beautiful. My whole life my family and closest friends have called me beautiful, told me I am beautiful, but growing up, my classmates made me feel anything but.
It’s not fun knowing what everyone you see at school really thinks of you. Whispers behind their hands, sometimes even words to my face that resulted in years and a very broken self image. Some people even called me ugly.
Then, one year, I realized what it was. They saw Jesus in me, and they didn’t like it, because they didn’t have Jesus in them. They struggled as they saw me live out my faith and it was strange to them, so they responded in the only way they knew how.
What happened on the cross was the ugliest act in human history, but through all the ugliness shown the most beautiful and perfect love ever known to man. The world saw brutality and ugliness, but Christ was showing the beauty of grace and everlasting forgiveness.
This truth has gone a long way in restoring my self image. I really am beautiful, and Christ has made me even more beautiful in Him.
There are more unscripted words on beauty found on Lisa-Jo Baker’s site. Head there now, and have fun reading!