For the past week or so, I’ve had teens coming into the boutique to try on prom gowns. And when they step up to the mirror, I am excited. I am giddy with anticipation for them to see themselves. I am overcome with emotion…and then,
I am disheartened.
I see their judgement. I see their criticism. I see it in their eyes. They look themselves up and down. They stand on their tippy toes, hold in their non-existent bellies, and sigh.
“if only I was taller…” “if only I had bigger/smaller boobs…” “if only my arms didn’t look so big…” “if only I didn’t have that scar from cheer…” “if only it looked better on me than the hanger…”
Let me tell you what I see.
I see you, the beauty that resonates from inside out. I see a girl who just got inducted into the Honor Society, who’s mom is so overcome with emotion, she immediately starts crying – seeing you standing in that gown; nothing short of a princess.
I see you, a girl who spent most of her senior year in a hospital bed, but refused to give in, to give up…and stands before the mirror, a vision. A vision of hope, of perseverance, of grace and elegance.
I see don’t see your flaws. I don’t see your imperfections. Because there aren’t any. You are perfect. You are the masterpiece that God created. You don’t need to be taller, or thinner. You don’t need any tweaking.
If you could see what I see, you would understand just how valuable you are. These moments are fleeting. These days will become your very best memories. You will long for them. You will reminisce with your girlfriends about them.
You won’t remember the blemish. You won’t remember the braces.
Who you are becoming will depend on what you tell yourself right now. RIGHT NOW. Don’t fill your head with negative thoughts.
Don’t listen to those voices. Silence them.
You are beautiful. You are enough. You are perfect.