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It's Okay to be Ugly

No one had EVER told me what my drama coach was telling me. Ever. In an improv level one class in 2004, the teacher was telling me that it's okay to be ugly.  I remember the words sinking in and settling down into my soul

My whole life, either intentionally or implied, the messages I had gotten where pretty similar: Do your best. Look your best. Wear a little make-up when you go out. Lose 10 pounds. Stand up straight. Be nice. Strive for perfection... and only then you will be good and loved.

No one had ever said, "Lisa, it's okay to be ugly."  

On stage doing improv (a drama art form where you write stories and create characters in the moment), I have learned many concepts that directly parallel a healthy Christian life: it's okay to be ugly, support your team, say "yes" to ideas, give good gifts, help someone when they make a mistake... the list goes on and on.

That moment on-stage began unraveling an incorrect truth I had embraced.  I believed that if I was pretty, good, and perfect, God loved me.  But if I was ugly, bad, and messed up, God would be ticked at me and turn His face away in disappointment.   

But here is what is actually true: Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

In John 8, Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours?  Has no one condemned you?”  She said, “No one, Lord.”  And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”  

God doesn't love you because you are good.  He's not mad at you when you are bad.  Our perfection does not make us more like Christ.  We are all monsters.  We all need Jesus.  When you are wrapped in the glory of Jesus, all God sees is perfect beauty.  Not yours, but His. 

Paul called the best things he'd ever done "filthy rags" in comparison to Christ's works.  There is nothing you can do to achieve God's grace.  It's for you no matter what you've done, the only response to this Great Love is to offer our lives back to Him, loving Him and others with our whole heart.  And His life through ours will bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  

So just in case you didn't know:  it's okay to be ugly.  When you are, He still loves you exactly the same.

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  1. Servicejunky posted on 03/04/2014 06:15 PM
    Thank you. But how do you know? And after thought: THANK YOU, VERY MUCH. God bless you and yours. Love and Respect. Always. All ways.
    1. tracy posted on 03/04/2014 09:34 PM
      @Servicejunky Because it is written. He gave us His words in the Bible, though now they take them out of schools and even some hotels nowadays.
  2. tracy posted on 03/04/2014 09:25 PM
    Thank you so much, and I had to share that on FB. Truly lovely!
  3. Jim Hillman posted on 03/05/2014 10:26 AM
    I kinda know what your saying, I feel the same way, everyone says I am cute but I don't think I am when I look at my self in the mirror, I just don't see it, Now I don't think your ugly, you are very good looking and seem like a wonderful person, no wonder that you are on radio, I just thought I would comment on this blog because no one is ugly, beauty comes from within and I feel everyone is beautiful inside they just have to look for it and find it, and by the way, good article enjoyed it,,,
  4. Russ Sapienza posted on 03/05/2014 04:33 PM
    I recently finished reading accounts of successful rock stars who died at the age of twenty-seven, and nothing in those accounts imply that wealth, success ,fame, and even looks and/or physique ever made anyone happy, or content.
  5. Jewel posted on 05/16/2014 03:11 PM
    LISA!!!! Just heard that you are leaving Praise! I have been listening frequently over the past year, and I have loved hearing you on the station! You are such a great encourager and like a friend. When you said goodbye, I wanted to say good-bye in return but I knew you wouldn't hear me. I checked online and saw I could write you here! I hope you get this....loved the last verse you shared! My mom shared it with me the other day and it was just what I needed! God bless you on your future journey wherever it takes you!!!
  6. Ginnie posted on 05/16/2014 08:20 PM
    I am sooooooooooo sorry to hear that you are leaving Praise. Really enjoyed your simple, but profound thoughts on how too live life. You will be missed!!! May God Richly Bless You and your family!
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