I found this on YouTube and thought it was worth sharing.
Thank you Lupita Nyong’o for being a woman of substance.
How is it that we all seem to forget who we are? How do we lose sight of our pride and self-love and think of ourselves as something less than wonderful? Are we not all made in God’s image? Are we not all made of excellent things? If you mirror God then you are amazing! So why then want to be someone else? Your gifts, your mind, your hopes and love are all made of you and are crafted and given to you to be the perfect image of God that is reflected inside you. This does not mean a diamond never needs to be polished or a stone needs not be refined to make the beauty of sculpted art emerge, but it does mean that you are given great clues into what you are made for. It’s not about looking for big things to become, it’s looking for real substance to embody. So stop looking to be made of others but rather be made for them. We all have our special gifts for a reason, because if we all had the same ones, who would ever need anyone else? Be you, be proud, be amazing… and most of all allow yourself to be loved as you are the living image of God.
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.