Helpful Quote:  it’s not about what others see, it’s about what He sees.

            Most of us have heard the scripture in Genesis 1:27 that says “God created man in his own image” and we know that our God, who created us, makes no mistakes. But what happens when we look too closely in that mirror and we see all of the things that we don’t want to see? Or when we zoom into that picture and realize that we do not look like those other people? Or when we are in front of that teacher or professor and we are upset or confused about why we are not comprehending the information the same way as our peers? But I thought that we were “perfectly made”?

            Growing up as a child I was only concerned about playing with my friends, having fun, and making sure that my mom got us to church on time so that they did not run out of the Jimmy Dean’s sausage on a stick situations because they only used to sell them at Sam’s club at the time and my mom did not have a Sam’s card. It was not until the fourth grade when an older schoolmate of mine made me and a whole bus full of elementary kids aware of my differences. Even with my mom, family, and others telling me that I was beautiful or cute or when I heard that infamous saying that “It’s not about what they say it’s about what God says” I was still curious on why God did not make me beautiful in a way that the world agreed with? Why did I have to be different? And how it would be so much easier to just look like them. But through this journey of self-love and growing my relationship with Christ boy, did I appreciate God even more than I ever had.

            During the course of  my self-love and acceptance journey is where I truly learned, understood and witnessed what The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:38 where he said “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Of course, I would never choose to go through trials or growing pains but if I never went through them I would have never had a personal testimony on how my God works everything out for my good and the miracle that he created in me.

            I have learned that being perfectly made does not mean that everyone will accept you or that you won’t have to learn to love yourself or that you’ll have a “Skip the trial” pass in life and will not have to go through anything. Being perfectly made means that every little thing that we or society notices, sees, hears or thinks fits and contributes perfectly to our life for our good. No, I would not volunteer to go through those stages of thinking “I am not good enough”  but it gives me joy and peace to know at the end of it all I will win because God made me perfectly and everything that I will go through will just help build, teach and grow me. It is not a fair race because with Christ we have already won.

I have learned that I would rather God hide me to protect me, grow me and mold me. I have learned that I am not of this world and that’s why I am different. I am keeping my joy knowing that I am perfectly kept and made and now since I know I’m never letting that go.

Hi everyone! I’m Mechelle and I am a 23 year old  communication sciences and disorders major living in Gainesville, Florida. I love God, my family, my friends, traveling and living life to the fullest. And I love having the opportunity to learn from and about God more and more each day. Thanks for letting me share a little bit of what I’ve learned!