Have you ever thought to yourself, “If only I had straight hair instead of curly,” or “If only I had more money,” or “If only I didn’t have this [name any body feature you don’t like]”? Well, we can rest in the everlasting love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jeremiah 31:3 says, “The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness” (NIV).
This past week, Zoe Elmore shared a devotional called “If Only” on the Proverbs31.org blog. Here are some insights from her:
“It’s easy to look at other women and fashion our ideas of success and worth. We see the lovely and gracious exterior, we take note of another woman’s success, and we fall into the trap of wanting what she has, wanting to be just like her. We delude ourselves into thinking that life would be better ‘if only…’ The truth is, we will become beautiful women of godly influence when we put 1 Corinthians 11:1 into practice. ‘Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ’ (NIV).”
“As difficult as it may be to swallow, we were not created to have the perfect exterior appearance or gain the world’s attention; we were created to live a life worthy of our calling and to reflect the beauty of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we do that our lives will draw others to the saving knowledge of Christ. And that far outlasts any temporary ‘if only’ condition.”
“Who are you trying to conform to?” To read the full devotional, check it out here.