When I first came to Baylor last fall, I had a serious struggle with body image and low self esteem. I was immersed into a new world with new faces, gorgeous faces. It seemed like every girl I passed on campus was perfect: skinny, straight smile, good hair, etc. And when I saw these perfect girls, I felt incredibly imperfect.
If a girl with a thigh gap walked by, I’d zone in on mine that touched. If a girl with flawless skin sat down next to me, I’d remember my acne. If a tall girl stood in line next to me, I was reminded of how I had to stand on my tiptoes throughout the day. It was a repetitive, harmful cycle of comparing myself to others, beating myself up over a problem that existed only in my mind.
It had to stop.
Whenever I caught myself comparing my body to another girl’s, I had to remember Genesis 1:27 says, “God created mankind in His own image.” I was made in His image. And so was the girl with a thigh gap, and the girl with flawless skin, and the tall girl. We were all made in the likeness of The Lord. This means that we are all equally stunning in God’s eyes. We reflect His beauty.
Remembering this helped slow the cycle down. I would be lying if I said it stopped altogether. It still happens from time to time. But I also know I’m not the only one.
Ladies, please realize that you need to stop comparing yourself to others. It is unhealthy, it is harmful, it is solely based off of the lie that you aren’t as good as “that girl.” You are just as good as that girl, not only based on looks — from God creating us in His image — but also based on His love — coming to earth, sacrificing His Son, raising Him from the dead. All of that was for all of us. Even though God knows we’re imperfect people, He still loves us anyway. The Lord thinks we’re worth it, that’s where the true beauty lies.