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Is a Flaw Really a Flaw?
By Kimberly Loidolt
People always say to “love your flaws,” but no one specifies what a “flaw” truly is. Merriam-Webster defines it as “an imperfection or weakness and especially one that detracts from the whole or hinders effectiveness.” Yet, as human beings we are all made in God’s image, one with no flaws. Technically speaking, if we are all created like Him, that make us flawless.
Matthew 5:48 states that “you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
Now you must be thinking, “God doesn’t have a huge zit in the middle of his forehead, God’s ears never stuck out, or God isn’t freakishly tall.” Even if He did have all of those “imperfections”, would they make Him anything less than perfect? Absolutely not. Because He is perfection. He created you in perfection, and spent extra time to make sure that you were exactly as He wanted you to be. He made your feet the perfect size, and your hair perfectly curly. You are His work of art. Do you think He wants us to criticize His work?
From the sixth grade until my junior year in high school, I struggled with loving myself and accepting who I was. I tried everything that I could to change myself into someone that I wanted to be. I worked out and dieted to be fit/skinny, I dyed my hair every possible color, and I even got my belly button pierced. It took me what seemed like forever to realize that no matter what I did to my appearance, I would always be me no matter what. Looking back, I realize that I was trying to strive to be something that I already was; perfectly made by God. My so called “flaws” make me who I am; they make me exactly who God wants me to be.
It is heartbreaking for me to think about the strong and powerful women that dislike the way they were made. But I see where they are coming from. In this day and age, everyone compares themselves to the “perfect” person. Usually “perfect” dwells with celebrities. If you looked like Kendall Jenner, you wouldn’t be YOU. You would be Kendall Jenner. See my point? You can’t compare your beauty to someone like Kendall Jenner, because that’s not who you are.
I heard someone say once that “sunflowers and fireworks are completely different yet equally beautiful,” and every person God created is completely different but equally as beautiful as the next. God made you perfectly. He makes no mistakes, and He made no mistakes when He made you. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well,” (Psalm 139:14).
Prayer for readers:
“Dear God, I hope that you bless each one of the girls and boys that read this article, and that you empower them with all of your love. You are such a loving and gracious God, and you pour into our hearts every day. Thank you for being so great and for making us so perfectly in your image. I pray that every person who reads this will soon learn to love themselves like you love us, Lord. You are so incredible and we are honored every day to be your children, and your followers as each and every one of us becomes more and more like you. Every one that you created is so wonderfully made, God, and you did it all just for us. We are so beautiful, thank you for making us this way. We love you, Lord. Amen.”