Girl, You're More Than Your Imperfections

Girl, You're More Than Your Imperfections

I can't be the only one whose self-image takes a hit every time I open Instagram.

We live in a society today that feeds our tendency to constantly compare and degrade ourselves.

I can't be the only one who opens up Instagram and immediately thinks less of myself when I see the girl with a six pack beach bikini pic or the girl with a perfect smile and perfect curls that look like they just belong on her.

Why is it that us girls pay more attention to our crooked noses, lack of a thigh gap or six pack, pimple on our forehead, and ever-so-evident "fat" that bulges from under our arms than we do our hearts that radiate love, kindness, and joy? Shouldn't we be able to post a picture because we felt pure joy in that moment and want to document it, rather than picking the picture where you look the skinniest/closest to "perfect"?

See, I think we need to realize that we are defined by SO much more than our imperfections. Our minds have become trained to constantly diminish ourselves and think we just aren't as pretty/athletic/smart/talented as _________. What if instead of constantly comparing ourselves to others, we looked within ourselves and found the gifts that God so clearly blessed us with?

Matthew 5:48 "You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect".

I absolutely love this verse. We were created in the perfect image of God, one who is flawless and perfect in every possible way, so how could we be any less? Well, we aren't. God picked everything out about you before you even took your first breath. He planned everything from the number of hairs on your head to the freckles on your face, and yes, even the "side boob" that just never appears to go away no matter how hard you try.

Can we just do our best to put aside the tendency to compare ourselves to others? Because we know that God created us to be different and special in our own ways and even the girl who appears flawless on Instagram, well, her life isn't as perfect as it may seem. So instead of looking for flaws in yourself, I challenge you to look within your heart at the gifts and talents God has truly blessed you with. Trust me, I know it's easier said than done, but imagine a world where we all valued ourselves for who God made us to be rather than us constantly trying to be someone we aren't.

Sure, you may have flaws, but you are a lot more than just those flaws and they do not define you. You are a daughter of the greatest, most perfect King. You are loved beyond measure, cellulite and all. You are kind and you have a heart full of joy.

You are beautiful in your own, most perfect kind of way.

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Yes, I'm An Atheist, But Please Say Bless You Still When I sneeze

Don't try to convert me, but I'd appreciate a "bless you" after I sneeze.

During my first week of college, I casually mentioned that I was an atheist to one of my new friends. She, with all seriousness, asked me if I would be offended if she said bless you. I promised her I would not, and we shared some laughs.

Although it was a funny encounter, it made me realize all the misconceptions christians tend to have about atheism. A lot of students at Butler grew up in small towns where Chrstianity was the only thing taught, so I've had to explain myself a few times after this first encounter. I don't blame anyone, I don't really understand Christianity. I tend to mix up Jesus and Moses (one walked on water, one parted water, but don't ask me which guy did which).

So let's clear some things up.

First, please say bless you. I understand that technically you're inferring "God bless you" but nowadays it's just freaking common courtesy. I say bless you any time I hear someone sneeze. I'll be more offended if you don't say bless you. If someone does get mad at you for saying bless you because "you're pushing their religion on them", push them off their high horse. Please don't try to convert me, but you can say bless you or talk about your faith with me.

Second, I'm not an arrogant asshole. Well I might be, but it has nothing to do with my lack of religion. Some people say it's arrogant to be an atheist because that means I think a lot of people are wrong. But I only believe in one less religion than you. There are thousands of religions (especially if you break them down into different denominations) and you (I assume) only believe in one. I just believe in one less. If you are a catholic, then you believe protestants, Jews, Muslims, and etc. are all wrong. Is it so crazy to think that none of us are capable of figuring "everything" out?

Third, I don't hate religion. I actually love religion. I love studying it. I've been to a church, a synagogue, a Hindu temple, and a Buddhist zen center. I love studying religion and I think the range of faiths that people have are very interesting. I just don't personally believe in any of them.

But yes, I don't believe in God or any afterlife. I'm pretty positive that when we die, we just stop existing. I mean your body is probably still there, decomposing, but your personality and memories are gone, because your neurons aren't firing anymore.

I could write an entire article just about why I am an atheist, but that isn't my point today. What I am trying to say is that I'm just as valid as you are. Why is the norm in our society to believe in such a complex story? Why is it that Christianity is just accepted but atheism is wild? It takes effort and choice to believe in something, like God and Jesus. So why is it so crazy that I haven't done that?

I respect religion, I think it's a great thing. When people tell me they're a christian (which nobody really does because we all just assume everyone in America is unless they're wearing a hijab or holding a menorah), I don't try to change their mind or convince them God isn't real. So please, let me be a heathen in peace. If you're right and I'm wrong, you can say I told you so in the afterlife.

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