(Photos by Selma Komisky)
The Beauty of a New Identity: Photo Shoot
By Sarah Komisky
I asked a group of third, fourth , and fifth grade girls a question: how many of you ever felt that you didn’t like how you look? The response broke my heart. Every girl raised their hand. And if I was honest, I felt that way too. Apart of my story in this journey of life has been coming to accept that truth that I am enough. Like many of you, I’ve wrestled with feelings of insecurity and fears. I’ve let labels, high expectations, the ideals of this world, guys, and my own mistakes and struggles define me. Some days, I wake up and like my hair or makeup and other days I can be extremely critical, picking apart some piece of myself I was insecure about or dissatisfied with. So, there in that Sunday school classroom, I and my fellow females friends decided to draw a line in the sand and take a challenge. I asked them (and myself) to look in the mirror and embrace who God says we are. Every time we felt tempted to doubt it, we challenged ourselves to point out something we liked and speak the truth about who God says we are, whether it’s our glasses, our smiles, our clothes, or our freckles. This shoot is a reflection of that process. A declaration of embracing my unique design in Christ Jesus. But this challenge isn’t just for me, it’s for you as well. So, if you’re with me, embrace your enoughness in Christ! 30 days, 60 days, a lifetime! This is who God says we are. You and I are who He says we are: a work of art, His poem, an image bearer of God, stunning, breathtaking, lovely, precious, radiant, royalty, treasured, flawless, daughter of the King. Let’s own it!