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I had the chance this week to go with my daughters and sisters to a fireside where the authors of Beauty Redefined spoke to a group of 450 women. It was a fascinating devotional and it was interesting (actually kind of disturbing) to hear the research they shared about women and their body image. They shared a statistic that 8 out of 10 women are not happy with their body and the way they look–or really, with themselves in general. I have to admit there are many times in my life I would definitely fit in that 80% category. I think we all do at times. It’s made me think this past week about the reason I care so much about what others think. The world we live in is so quick to judge us, or make us feel like we are less than others. With social media it’s too easy to compare ourselves (especially the ‘worst aspects’ of ourselves) with the best of everyone else. It’s no wonder women are going through a body image crisis! Ugh..it’s exhausting isn’t it? 

Body_Positive_Merchandise_I am really trying to change my focus. Instead of focusing on what the world thinks of me, it’s been good to think more about God’s opinion of me. If we’re living our lives in a way that pleases Him, we can be confident that we are doing our best–and being our best selves. It doesn’t mean we’re perfect, or not going to make mistakes, but if we care more about what God thinks of us, I think the world’s negative messages will melt away.

This thought was reinforced today when I was at church and a quote was shared that I love. Hope you love it too and helps you remember how amazingly awesome each of you are! 

“We must stop comparing ourselves to others. We torture ourselves needlessly by competing and comparing. We falsely judge our self-worth by the things we do or don’t have and by the opinions of others. If we must compare, let us compare how we were in the past to how we are today—and even to how we want to be in the future. The only opinion of us that matters is what our Heavenly Father thinks of us. Please sincerely ask Him what He thinks of you. He will love and correct but never discourage us; that is Satan’s trick.

Let me be direct and clear. The answers to the questions “Am I good enough?” and “Will I make it?” are “Yes! You are going to be good enough” and “Yes, you are going to make it as long as you keep repenting and do not rationalize or rebel.” The God of heaven is not a heartless referee looking for any excuse to throw us out of the game. He is our perfectly loving Father, who yearns more than anything else to have all of His children come back home and live with Him as families forever. He truly gave His Only Begotten Son that we might not perish but have everlasting life!1 Please believe, and please take hope and comfort from, this eternal truth. Our Heavenly Father intends for us to make it! That is His work and His glory.” ~Elder Cornish