I love reading Kristin Armstrong’s blog at Runner’s World Online – Mile Markers. Kristin is a runner, author, motivational speaker, and happens to be the mother of Lance’s kids. Yes, that Lance.
While she does write about running, she also has a wonderful ability to put her finger on the habits, motivations, failings, and truths that we all, as humans, face each and every day. She writes as if she knows your thoughts. And indeed she does, because all of us deal with the same fears, walls, and insecurities that stop us from being the best we can be. Yet, as an over-comer, she helps her readers move past those walls so that they can be over-comers too. After reading her weekly post, I am always moved and inspired.
But one thing I love about her posts, almost as much as I love the post itself, are the comments. I’m always amazed by the stories and experiences shared by other readers. The comments, in and of themselves, inspire me too.
So today, as I read her latest column, and the subsequent posts, I saw a link to this site:
The mission of Operation Beautiful is “to transform the way you see yourself one post-it note at a time.”
Tears began to roll down my cheeks as I looked over the website. I LOVE that someone made it a mission to let random strangers look at themselves with kindness and love, rather than loathing and repulsion.
Case in point: when you look in the mirror, are you generally pleased with what you see, or do you tend to look at each and every one of your flaws?
Show of hands here… be honest.
We never – despite our blusterings – rarely do think as highly of ourselves as we sometimes lead others to believe. Usually, there’s a voice – or two, or three – in the back of our minds telling us that we:
My daughter is in a small group at church. Her small group leader is just wonderful, and recognizes that the way we deal with life’s hardships are learned when we’re young. She knows that especially during those teen years, we start listening more to the can’t, aren’t, and won’t voices, than the can, are, and will ones. She just started the girls reading a book called The Divine Dance.
The back cover carries this message:
When we realize that the One who matters already loves us, we will flourish in this life that is the Divine Dance.
And that’s really the crux of the matter, isn’t it?
We’re all so focused on what others see, that we don’t really see ourselves. Beyond that, we don’t see ourselves the way He does. We might think it on occasion, but He knows it from the beginning to the end.
He knows you’re beautiful.
He knows you’re amazing.
He knows you’re smart.
He knows you’re kind.
He knows you’re loving.
He knows you can.
He knows you are.
He knows you will.
I know it about you. I hope you know it too.