My Image Through God

How God sees me and my body

Emiliya Cante

9/1/20234 min read

During the early years of my life I heard many negative comments about how I looked from my father and my siblings. Even though I was far from being obese, I just had “child cheeks”, yet I remember my dad calling me fat. He would laugh at me for no particular reason and, seeing my dad’s example, my siblings started to make fun of me also. Not understanding the negative impact they were causing, they continually put me down. Instead of encouragement, all I received was criticism and lectures of what was wrong with the way I looked.

Unfortunately, verbal abuse developed self-consciousness and low-esteem in me as a young woman.

I always knew God loved me and that He created me, yet my past blurred my vision. The real truth about my worth that God wanted me to know was hard to see. People’s opinions mattered to me more than God’s Word. Even though I was reading the promises of God and learning about His amazing love in the Bible, I never took His words like He meant them for me too. I was taught that to be accepted you had to be a good girl. If I was not, it meant I was not worthy in my Heavenly Father’s eyes either. I tried to follow the rules at my church and home. I listened to those who would tell me to be skinnier, prettier, smarter, happier, friendlier, work harder - just be perfect. Sadly, that created a huge wound in my heart that got worse with every expectation that I was not able to fulfill.

Fortunately, one day I discovered a better way. It started with the big question, “Why am I exhausted from trying to be perfect and meeting all the expectations of the people around me, and yet I still feel ugly, have emptiness in my heart, and cry my eyes out of loneliness during the night?” That question led me to start looking to God to define me rather than people.

You are beautiful in God’s eyes

God has created you, and His work is very good. He was pleased to see His creations on the sixth day (Genesis 1:31). You are God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10), and He created you wonderfully.

“I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;” Psalms 139:14

Wonderfully means - in a way that inspires delight or admiration; extremely well.

God delights in you and admires you. He has created you extremely well and you are the best of His creation. Nothing in the world that God created can be compared to you and your looks. He created you in His own image. Try to imagine how wonderful and divine God is. He sits on His throne and the light surrounds Him. God is the most glorious and admirable image in the universe - the perfect Being. He created His masterpiece in His image that deserves admiration and delight - you.

Additionally, God doesn't want you to compare yourself to others to see if you are more beautiful, skinnier or brighter, especially if their image is not in God but in the world (2 Corinthians 10:12). Everyone’s body is different and unique. Some people are naturally skinnier, some more curvier; some have blue eyes, some brown; some have curly hair, some straight. Everyone has something unique about themselves and we do not need to be like a model from the magazine. We are called to have a beautiful soul that does God’s will (Proverbs 31:30).

My own image has always been my struggle, especially after giving birth to my son. I have been feeling insecure and ugly when I look in the mirror. I need to continually remind myself of God’s word about how He sees me - I am wonderfully made and I am His IMAGE (Psalms 139:13-14, Genesis 1:27).

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Unfortunately, people still make comments about my weight and my extra pounds, and it still bothers and hurts me. However I am not going to starve myself to lose weight like I did before. I understand that I need to take care of my temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), but starving, not giving enough nutrients to my body, and exhausting myself from long exercise does not mean that I am taking good care of my temple. So I decided to have different approach to my body. I am eating healthier and the right portions. I am exercising and making sure that I am resting when I need to, as much as possible with a toddler! With that, if I am still 30 pounds more than that model on the cover page, I am okay with that. I am beautifully made by God and I am His masterpiece, so I just lift my head and walk with dignity.

My dear sister, Satan will attack us and He will make sure to remind us of our insecurity and try to make us dissatisfied with our looks. Instead of giving in, let's fight him together with the scripture and be unmovable in our knowledge of God’s word and how He sees us.

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)

“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)

“For you formed my inward parts;

you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;

my soul knows it very well.

My frame was not hidden from you,

when I was being made in secret,

intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

in your book were written, every one of them,

the days that were formed for me,

when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalms 139:13-16)

“Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, people in exchange for your life.” (Isaiah 43:4)

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10)