I've been thinking about God a lot lately. A lot more than usual.
A few weeks ago I went to Bloom, in Port Huron, Michigan. V. Rose sang at this event and highlights it in her vlog, The Weekly V. I spoke. To give you a little background, Bloom is an event to help teenage girls see that they're beautiful in God’s eyes. God made them perfectly the way they are.
As I mentioned before, I was speaking at this event. And to be completely honest, I've never had a huge problem with my self image. I've never really 100% loved myself, but I've never hated myself either. And that was fine by me. Sometimes I’d get in a low spot, but overall, self image is not something I struggle with.
All of that being said, I think God likes to teach you something when one of two things happen:
1. You get to a place where you think you don't need God’s help.
2. You surrender everything and say, “God, help me.”
I, of course, was at the place where I thought I didn't need God.
I thought, “God, I've got this. This is one area of my life that I've got together. You can take a break on this one.”
God knocked me off of my high horse really quick.
I realized a couple of things right away. The first thing was this: I wasn't all that confident. I don't think I'm ugly. I think I have some ordinary talents. I can do some cool things. I even like my personality. But God said, that's not enough. I've always thought of myself as average, but God said no. God told me that He made me perfectly. Those talents that I thought were ordinary? God gave me so I could do extraordinary things for Him. He really stretched me to see that I'm anything but average.
The second thing I realized was I'm not doing enough.
God challenged me to realize I'm more than enough. I'm more than capable. And with that I decided that if I'm enough, and if I'm capable, why am I not doing more?
Why can't I do more for God’s kingdom? If finding my identity in Jesus isn't something I struggle with, then I should help someone who does struggle with it. If you know you don't struggle with something and someone else does, come alongside them. Let's build each other up as Christians. Don't judge someone because they struggle with something you don't. Help them. Grow with them. Build them.
I had the privilege of praying with many of the girls there and hearing their testimonies. I was blown away and completely humbled by how many girls struggled with cutting, anorexia, bulimia, or attempted suicide. Every single girl that I prayed with struggled with one of those things. It was hard for me to understand how important this event was, until I got to pray with those girls.
V has done this event twice now. She’s flown all the way out to Michigan to perform at this event. When talking to her, and praying with the girls, I realized how important this event is. It's important for people, not just girls, to understand their self worth lies in God, not in their peers. Not only that, though, it's important to come alongside other struggling Christians and help each other on the journey.
When you see people struggling, do you help them or judge them?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am an 18 year old girl who lives in small town Michigan. I have four siblings and a lot of animals. I have been an avid writer and speaker for the past couple of years. I have always wanted to be a blogger and can't wait to see what God is going to do through me on this platform.