It took less than five seconds. I watched as my two-year-old granddaughter, Kaiah found her grandma’s lipstick, pulled off the cap and applied it to her lips like she had been doing it for years. Truth be told, I was quite impressed. She looked up at me and smiled, then ran to the full-length mirror so she could see herself.
“I’m pretty,” she said.
Grandma and I got a big kick out of it, so of course I grabbed my camera and snapped a picture.
I wished I was as kind to myself when I look in the mirror. I must admit I’m pretty critical at what I see. Perhaps I’m too obsessed comparing myself to my younger image, or more likely, to what I think I should have looked like had I been the one who made me. My prayer is that I can begin to recognize the beauty in how God created me, to see myself as He sees me, and to be able to look at myself in the mirror with a good sense of self-worth as well as a good sense of humor. I believe the first step in that journey is to practice gratitude for what I do have. To say like the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”