Versace, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, BCBG, BeBe, Louboutin, Michael Kors.. We rock these brands with pride, showing off the label to show our “wealth”. Some even show the tag to display the authenticity.
But what about the labels we don’t talk about: broken, depressed, suicidal, hoe, insecure, thot, ugly, un-affectionate, side chick, screw up, too dark, too light, fat, etc. These labels were made by the world just like the brands I named earlier, we just don’t display the tag. Instead we keep the tag tucked away. Unfortunately for most of us, even though the tag is tucked away, it eats at us everyday. We look in the mirror and that’s what we see. We become super sensitive whenever someone says the word around us. We get so used to people, even family, telling us that “you’ll never be anything” that we start believing it ourselves. We get used to people shoving “you’re dreaming too big” in our faces that we start dreaming smaller. People tell you that “you’ll end up just like your mom/dad” and we begin walking in the path that proves them right. Or my personal favorite, “your standards are too high”, until we start lowering them because we believe that no one could ever step up to meet them.
YOU ARE NOT WHAT THEY SAY YOU ARE. I wish I could scream this from the rooftops of every home, city, state, and country. But you don’t believe me. I’ll take you to Word to prove it.
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” I Peter 2:9 NKJV)
The Bible didn’t say a broken generation, a not good enough priesthood, an ugly nation. NOPE. He called you “chosen”, even if your family denies you and favors another family member over you. He called you “His own special people”, He didn’t call you forgotten about, a hoe, too fast, or anything else.
So you’re thinking, okay, so that’s what God says, but how do I get to that place? Prayer. I wish I could give you a manual, but the only one we have is the Bible and it spells it out for us. Recently, I struggled with believing I was beautiful. People always complement me on carrying myself well, intelligence, and all that great stuff that I’m super thankful for. But when I looked in the mirror, I felt I was just going to be successful and alone because I wasn’t beautiful enough. I tried makeup, I cut my hair again, but that wasn’t enough. So I started putting sticky notes up that reminded me that I was beautiful naturally, I prayed that I would see myself as God sees me, and I started noticing a change (not overnight of course). It’s a process, but this blog post is just to show you that you’re not what they say you are. If only you could see how He sees you.
You’re more than worth it and you’re more than what they see!