Have you ever been thrown off balance by a distorted understanding of truth? It’s easy to take one side of the truth or the other and blow it out of proportion. When we believe a distorted truth, we can be left off balance and confused … and it is not beautiful to live a stressed and striving life.
The truth about beauty is that God designed it; He loves it, He wants it to reflect Him and to draw others to Him. He wants to be sought after for His beauty, and He made us to feel the same way.
Satan wants us to be ashamed of our beauty and to hide it … or to seek after it with an ungodly obsession.
Let’s be careful not to fall for distorted truths by walking in shame and self-contempt or by believing that our beauty is our worth.
We all get thrown off balance at some point. There are a lot of powerful traps set to ensnare us with confidence conflicts. The bait is different for each Img.ID, though.
The Classic’s desire to have things done properly can drive her to perfectionism and her true self may get hidden in busyness.
The Natural’s desire for comfort may drive her to denial and her practical and unpretentious nature may get hidden in laziness.
The Dramatic’s desire for popularity may drive her to demand attention to the point where it may swallow up her independent nature. Rejection and neglect may discourage her to the point of defeat.
The Ingénue’s desire for peace may drive her to desperation or determination. Self-reliance or codependency may engulf her beautiful complacent nature.
The Romantic’s desire for acceptance may drive her to flaunt her beauty or focus on pleasing others and her compassionate nature may get swallowed up in selfishness or selflessness.
The Gamin’s desire for justice may drive her to control others and herself so much that she may lose her fun, bubbly nature … and her friends.
For all of us, life is a continuous battle of confidence conflicts. It takes time to find beauty in balance, but when you do, you will radiate Confident Beauty, which doesn’t wear off like makeup does!
Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their image issues. It is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Loosing a Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available soon.