Didn’t say it the other day, but I’m so excited for these two! I love them to death!! I’m beyond excited about what God is doing and is going to do in their lives as not only individuals but as a couple and as the awesome parents they already are. I’m so excited I get to serve under them and beside them, as well. They are awesome leaders with great hearts. I’ve not come to know them as just my leaders, but also my friends. I love you, Josh and Sarah, and I know that you’ve got so much greatness to come!!
I’m not going to preach to you guys. I’m not going to say what you’re doing is wrong. I’m not going to lecture you.
But you know how you want to be skinny and feel beautiful? You know how you want to have a thigh gap? You know how you starve yourself because you think that’s the only way for it to happen?
I want to tell you something…a little secret…
It doesn’t matter.
You want to feel beautiful? Believe that you’re beautiful. Because I already know that you are.
You want to have a thigh gap? I don’t have one and I can tell you that I don’t want one. You’re not the only person without one. And you’re still gorgeous.
You starve yourself? Please, don’t do that. If you want to lose weight, do it by eating and exercising. Starving yourself is just gonna kill you eventually. And you deserve to be alive. You deserve to have kids. You deserve to get married. You deserve to see them grow up. You deserve to live happily ever after. And I want that for you so much.
If you don’t want help, that’s your call. But I want you to know that the people who loved you before are still going to love you now and love you through it. If they don’t, they don’t deserve you. You are a light among the darkness of the world. And that’s not just a cliche or a saying, it’s the absolute truth. So, continue shining. And it doesn’t matter if your shadow is thin or thick. It doesn’t matter about shadows, but it matters about the person that causes them.
I know that Christianity and Jesus are touchy subjects right now in the world. They’re topics in which arguments usually occur. I know this. I’m aware that not everyone believes in it. But there’s one verse that I’ve always loved and held onto in my darkest moments in life. And that verse is Genesis 1:27. It says “So, God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
You come from a God. You were made from a God. You’re made in the image of a God. You’re not some less than servant in the kingdom…you’re a prince or princess. And sure, princes and princess go through a lot before their happily ever after. I mean, look what Snow White had to go through until her happy ending. Look at Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Repunzel, Tiana…they all had troubles before they finally got their happy endings. Look at Simba, Aladdin, and Naveen. They had to go through crap before their happy ending.
Just remember, you’re royalty.