This time of year is my favorite- sunshine, beach, pool, lake, late nights, late mornings, tank tops, afternoon cat naps on the porch, comfortably wearing shorts in the cool of night... seriously I love everything about it! It's also that time of year when I easily get distracted by everyone else.
As I flip though Facebook, every picture is of someone's beautiful vacation. Friends at work exchange tales of adventure and fun. I view my body through a magnifying glass because it's bathing suit season. I immediately compare my life, my body, my adventures, and my work with everyone I know... and those I don't know! All the sudden, those gorgeous fashion bloggers I follow on Instagram for inspiration make me green with envy. What is it about summer that makes us think that every waking second should be glamorous, exciting, and full of beauty? It's just plain exhausting. And I know I'm not the only one. As women, I think comparing ourselves and feeling inadequate runs in our blood!
So instead of letting that nagging voice in my head ask over and over again "I am I enough?!?", I try to turn it around. Instead of allowing imagination to wonder and my mind to wander, l TELL myself the truth! "I'm not enough, BUT Christ is alive in me. He is bigger, stronger, and more beautiful than any other power on earth". Note the emphasis on "but". Yesterday in church, our pastor said that whenever "but" is placed in the middle of a sentence, you can go ahead and delete whatever came before it. What a powerful three letter word! I can't think of anything else in the English language that so easily denies a truth, no matter how powerful or oppressive. I can FORGET my downfalls because of Christ. Is there any other religion so empowering and full of grace?! Nope.
Knowing that the creator of the universe made me and placed me right here, right now is so liberating! So as you innocently flip through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, magazines, and TV, or as you listen to your friends' adventure-filled vacation stories, remember the truth of Christ that denies our inabilities and insecurities because one day, our bodies and our souls will be made whole and we will have the greatest adventure of all with Him in eternity. HE is enough!
Mary Hester Williams
FASHIONABLE FINE ART
I'm a city girl living a small town life with my husband and baby boy. Here are my thoughts in type, my dreams in paint and my life in pictures.