“Who poured you in your pants?” These were some of the cruel words I can still remember hearing when I was a teenager. Unfortunately, I was a victim of bullying, for years actually. It’s so interesting to me the things we remember so vividly as a child. The bad things, if left unchecked, will haunt us. But, I have thought about that boy many times; I wish him well and have forgiven him. I hope he grew up to be a productive, well-mannered member of society. More than anything, I hope he found Christ.
Whether you think your thighs are too thick, nose is too big, arms aren’t muscular enough, stomach isn’t flat enough, or your skin is too wrinkled…imagine the One who made you. Imagine the slap in the face to the Great I Am when you criticize His work. He planned you long before time began and He is to be praised for it. Be proud of who you are. Embrace that part of your body that you normally criticize. Look at yourself in the mirror and love every inch of your body. Say to yourself, “I accept you just the way you are.” Your friends and family do (hopefully), so why shouldn’t you accept you? Thank God for your life. Thank Him for your Spirit. Be grateful for every finger and every toe. Thank Him for your eyes that you can read this writing. There are those who would give anything to be able to see the sunset or hear beautiful music.
I have taken the previous thoughts and turned them into a personal ministry throughout the years. I wanted to turn the bullying I received as a child into a blessing for others, so I take every opportunity to build others up. I compliment friends and family. I compliment strangers and workers in the businesses I frequent. I lift anyone up where I feel the Spirit leads me in hopes they will remember the kinds words above any nasty ones that linger in their mind.
So, in a way, I thank the boy who bullied me so long ago. I might not be so passionate about the ministry of building others up if it weren’t for him. And as for you…don’t bully yourself anymore. Build yourself up and speak kindly to yourself. Don’t disparage the lovely creation God made. He loves you very much!
With the love of our Lord,
“You alone created my inner being. You knitted me together inside my mother. I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made.” Psalm 139:13,14