"Which of you by worrying can add one cubit (inch) to his stature?" Matthew 6:27
Peace comes with acceptance. After the many years that God has blessed me, I now have learned how to accept who I am. Now you can look at that in two ways 1)Why the heck did it take so long or 2) Finally! the girl has some sense!. I choose to believe the latter, though I am no longer a girl... but a 60 year old woman, who by the way has a lot less baggage than I used to have...
Along my journey God has helped me to "lose" some of the baggage of my younger years. One very major piece of...er baggage was "What people thought of me". Ha! When I think of the years I worried, cried and fretted over what folks thought of me, I could just about upchuck over wasted time. We should live our lives in such a way that people will respect us, but in the major scheme of things "You can't please everyone" SO! you might as well be your respectful self and be thankful for the ones that accept you and respect the ones that don't. Free country I always say. LOL
Another piece of baggage was "I didn't like me". I mean why am I so short and have such wide feet? Oh! oh! and I can't forget my broad shoulders...okay why did I always compare my shoulders with a quarterback from the Philadelphia Eagles? I mean EVERY other woman on earth have nice petite shoulders, but me...why me? And why have I ALWAYS had double chins...even in my somewhat leaner days? While I am writing this I can "hear" how ungrateful I must have sound to God.
I was a major project for God to work on, and I'm still a work in progress. But He is so faithful and patient. I am SO learning to love myself, just as I am. I realize that God makes no mistakes and in the words of Popeye the sailor man " I'z am what I'z am and that's ALL what I'z am". God made ME and I accept that.
Acceptance doesn't mean just settling, but it means taking a long look at yourself and CHOOSING to agree with God that He knows you and has a plan and purpose for your life. Then the peace comes. Money is good but it doesn't make you happy. That was proven last week with the suicide of a member of the Kennedy clan. Fame and beauty is good but it doesn't make you happy, think of all the famous beautiful people that lead reckless lives or have taken their lives at a young age. But what makes you really happy is having peace in your soul and knowing that you have a purpose in this life. And that you love yourself. Love yourself, because I truly believe that you cannot truly love others, if you don't love yourself first.
So! Me with my Quarterback shoulders, double chins, wide feet, short self...guess what? I'm loving myself, I'm accepting myself, I'm not wasting precious time worrying about what others think of me. I have a purpose, God has a plan and with His help, I'm walking in it!