Now 2018 is heading to a close. It’s the time of year when some people decide to make New Years resolutions. What will your New Years resolutions be? Statistics in Canada from 2016 show that 33% of Canadians want to improve personal fitness, 21% Of Canadians want to reach financial goals, 13% of Canadians want to travel more, 11% want to quit bad habits, 6% want to learn something new, and the last 6% want something other than those options. I guess I’m in that last 6%.
“Don’t judge a book by its cover!” Is a phrase we hear all the time. In 2018 I learned what that meant. For me “not judging a book by its cover” is “not judging a person by there appearance”. We all have our flaws that don’t fit societies standards, we weigh too much, our nose is the wrong shape, our teeth are to crooked. We get so obsessed about our appearance. To be completely honest with you the only persons opinion that matters is Jesus’, it took me all of 2018 to realize that.
I struggled with trying to convince myself I was pretty. I still struggle. I was constantly trying to fit everyone’s standards, and I tried so hard to make everyone like me. Trust me that totally backfired! It was so tiring! I know it sounds cheesy, but I started to loose sight of who I was because I was so obsessed with what other people thought of me. I was so sick of being this way I decided to turn to open my bible which I hadn’t done in a long time and this verse showed up “Don’t be concerned about your outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty from within, unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious to God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4. As soon as I read that verse I just was so overwhelmed that I started crying. I knew at that moment that the only persons whose opinion that mattered was Jesus’. Jesus doesn’t judge you by your outward appearance, he made you perfect inside and out! So don’t listen to the lies of society.
There are so many people out there who are just like me. When people are so quick to judge people by there appearance it is not going to help anyone. You don’t know peoples life stories. My New Years resolutions is going to be to stop judging people and to “clothe myself with Beauty from within”. Please Join me. (;