For my latest challenge to get out of my comfort zone, I went a day without looking at my reflection. It was difficult to say the least. I had prepped our house by covering mirrors or taking them down the evening before.
Monday morning, I showered, brushed my teeth, washed my face and put in my contacts all without a single glance. As I walked to my car to open the door I caught a glimpse of my reflection in the window. A place I didn’t even realize I see myself! Throughout the day I avoided mirrors or looking up while at the bathroom sink. I accidentally looked once and quickly looked away. I had to be completely conscious of what I was trying to accomplish.
That evening I had a few things to do out and about and really wanted to fix my hair and makeup to a point where I felt good about my appearance. I curled a few pieces of my already wavy hair, put on some cc cream, blush and mascara. I could feel the mascara wasn’t really on my lashes that well but I was too scared to get it all over my face to actually apply it close to my lash line. I headed out without a care because I couldn’t see anything to know if it looked bad anyways.
As the day went on it got easier to trust that I looked okay. It was easier to not look, check for flaws, etc. I became a little more comfortable knowing that I may not look perfect. I actually felt pretty good about myself.
The less I looked, the better I felt. The less I questioned, the more confident I was. Now just so you know before this challenge I wasn’t obsessed with my appearance nor was I spending hours in front of the mirror. I wasn’t standing there for 10 minutes looking at myself every time I came into contact with a mirror. I was simply looking as I passed by, checking my makeup on occasion, looking each time it was in front of me.
How often do you doubt yourself? Or let that negativity sneak into your mind and start questioning things? Not just in your appearance but maybe even your goals? Your successes? You begin to question if what you want to accomplish is really going to happen. If you really deserve it. You let a small drop of doubt get you off track. We were all created by God and in His image. We have so much we can tap into when we let God take the lead and be in control. When we put our true, wholehearted faith into Him. A faith of a mustard seed can move a mountain, yet we doubt our abilities, or let the opinions of others get to us and make us fearful of what we once were excited for.
To keep yourself from falling into that trap you must constantly keep the positivity at the forefront of your brain. Our confidence should be in our creator. We shouldn’t base our opinions of ourselves off of our emotions, circumstances or what others say or think. Where do you put your trust? Romans 8:31 says, “ What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” I love this verse because if you really, truly believe it then it takes all the pressure off. It excites me, it makes me feel fearless. Because my God is a fearless God, an all-powerful, all-knowing God, he can move mountains, and there is nothing that can stop me when He is leading the way.