Creative Work

Shift Your Focus

Michelle Ankrum, 16

I’m beautiful!
I’m beautiful!
Wait. I am beautiful.
I am made in the image of an awesome God,
who loves me and cares for me.
I don’t wear the newest clothes or the cleanest shoes.
My hair isn’t perfectly straight.
Yes, I have a pimple right on the tip of my nose.
But I look like my Father.
I don’t care what you think.
I don’t need your fashion critiques
because the best fashion designer in heaven or earth made me,
then threw away the mold.
God loves me with all my imperfections.
I’m beautiful.
I am like the Lord.

—from devozine (July/August 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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