I’ve never read the book Backwards Beauty, but the short videos are pretty funny.
The author of Backwards Beauty, Jessie Minassian, takes a satirical approach to showing girls, “You have a beauty the world doesn’t understand.” After listening to her interview a few years ago on Focus on the Family, I came to appreciate her “completely illogical” approach to to teaching girls to view themselves through God’s eyes. She gives her readers “10 steps to feel your worst!”
Last week, I said that everyone is stressed. This week, I’ll propose that everyone is tired.
Ten Verses for When You Feel Tired
Is there anyone who doesn’t feel stressed? Hanna-Barbera told us that life would be so much easier in the 2000s when we would live like the Jetsons with robots, home computers, teleconferencing, and movies on our watches.
I like to think that I am still a “youngin’,” but every time I see new students arrive on campus, I feel a little bit older. Then I go to the gym and share the pool with the water aerobics class, and I realize that my day is coming.
Today’s verses give me hope that God will be faithful throughout my entire life, no matter how long (or short) that may be.
Ten Verses for When You Feel Old
1. I John 2:17
And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
2. Psalm 37:25
A few weeks go, I went for a walk with a new friend. Before this night, our friendship had been surface-level. We both wanted to be friends, but our “water cooler” conversations had not drilled deep.
But this night, our friendship grew rapidly. As we discussed the wonders chocolate milk, we realized that we are (in the words of Anne of Green Gables) “kindred spirits.” The conversation flowed from dairy products to education, to work struggles, and, finally, relationships.
Both of us are single, and we agreed that society can portray single girls as neglected. But the truth we both claim, as cliche as it sounds, is that God does not make mistakes, and His plan is perfect. The Bible is filled with His promise to never neglect us. Time and time again, we read of his never-ending, unbreaking, enduring love.
Ten Verses For When You Feel Neglected
1. Hebrews 2:6
What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
a son of man that you care for him?
I am indecisive. At least, I think I am indecisive. Most likely, I am indecisive. I really can’t decide. Am I indecisive?
I know that my indecisive tendencies are based on fear; I don’t want to make a misguided decision. Thankfully, God gives us clear directions. He doesn’t leave us to wander and wonder.
I don’t claim to be a psychologist or counselor, but I do think that my generation is plagued with loneliness. Through social media, we have constant access to friends, family, and strangers. Yet, we feel that no one truly knows us.
This graph pretty much sums us up: