Written by: Megan Kincheloe
She is beautiful. She has a heart for Jesus and out of her heart flows greatness. Her smile lights up the room and her quiet spirit awakens only soon enough to fade out her shyness. She has a kind and gentle nature and adores her family and friends. The Christmas season was upon her and she so desperately wanted a pair of Uggs. Her parents informed her that they were quite pricey and may not make it under the tree for her this year, however; her Granny came through and she was filled with joy and ready to take on the world one step at a time in her new boots.
She could hardly stand waiting for the moment winter break would be over and she could return to school sporting her new boots. She would show her friends and they would share memories from their time off. The morning was filled with excitement and anticipation! She was crushed to find that instead of someone speaking truth to her and adding value to her life, she was met with rejection. You see, someone was cruel enough to tell her that in her case, Ugg stood for ugly.
She is also beautiful. Another precious girl who has a spirit that engraves a smile on your face the minute you are in her presence. She also has a heart for Jesus and is full of compassion for others. She is on the playground at recess and the girls all form a circle. They go around the circle eliciting raised hands from each person by inquiring, “Who thinks such and such is pretty?” They do this naming each person in the circle until it is her turn. For every other girl that was named, each hand shot up in the air like a rocket. When her name was called, no hands were raised.
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. WRONG. Words hurt. They often hurt worse than any physical ailment because they hurt deeply…down to the core of our being. A physical wound will heal but the lasting effects of a deep, emotional wound leave a scar that reminds us regularly of a hateful reality. The reality that this world can be cruel. Really. Really. Cruel.
These two stories cause a lump to form in my throat each time they come to the forefront of my mind. If they hurt my heart so deeply, can you imagine how they grieve our Heavenly Father? Our God created us in His own image! These precious souls are beautiful because of that truth alone!
Girls…let me speak truth into your hearts right now. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, because I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’”
I just want to hug each of you reading this, look you right in the eye and make sure you believe me when I say:
You are LOVED!
You are CHERISHED!
You are BEAUTIFUL!
And God has a BIG plan for each of your lives. You are so very SPECIAL to Him. I am praying that God tunes your ears to hear only from Him and deafens you to any lies that the enemy may try to feed you.
Stay strong sweet girls. Be the you that God created you to be. Because guess what? As hard as it is, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. It only matters what He thinks. No…wait. It only matters what He knows. Because He knows who He created you to be and He knows His plan for you and I promise you this; He has created you to make a mark on this world. And you are going to do just that.
My deepest love for you,
Megan loves Jesus and is passionate about sharing His love with others. She loves to write and encourage other women to be bold in their faith. God has recently given her a burning desire to minister to teens to ensure they know their value in who He has created them to be. She has been a Christian for as long as she can remember but strayed away from living a lifestyle that represented Him well. She is forever grateful for His grace and mercy and endless pursuit of her heart, and hopes that her writing will encourage others to press forward in His grace. Megan has been married to Chris for 10 years and has 2 awesome children, Graycie and Colt.