Are you happy with who you are? Allan Mott is a Canadian writer, and a confident guy despite society’s preoccupation with a person’s height. Being 5′ 2″ he’s had to cope with negative comments and people’s false assumptions, yet he doesn’t complain. In fact he’s made his height a positive attribute. In a recent BBC interview, Allan says: “I am who I am because of my height. It’s given me this willingness to take risks … I have this determination to transcend people’s expectations of me … It may also be because I am short that I am now a writer. I’ve already mentioned that short guys don’t get taken seriously when they talk, so writing is a real chance for me to express myself and speak out. It’s my one real skill … Society doesn’t think I’m a handsome ideal, but I will keep asserting that I’m awesome anyway.”
Very few of us have perfect bodies or magnetic personalities, yet like Allan, we can make the most of who we are. If we treat people right, showing them love and understanding, it will make more of a difference to them than if we have a perfect nose or a narrow waist.
Sometimes the problem is in our thoughts. Some people’s lives are dominated by their negative self-image, preventing them from becoming the person they were destined to be. Yet those thoughts don’t have to be the commentary that determines our future. When such thoughts arise, we need to recognise and reject them. The truth is that whoever we are, whatever our size or shape, we are loved by our Creator, because He sees us differently from the way we see ourselves. Listen to what He says:
“I do not judge as people judge. They look at the outward appearance, but I look at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 (GNT)
In fact the ancient scriptures also reveal that we have been loved from the beginning:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; with unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;”
Psalm 139:13-14 (NIVUK)
Decide today to ignore those negative thoughts and remember that you are loved just as you are.
And check out the video below (5 mins. 45 secs.) It is your Creator’s love letter to you: