Learning to Love Myself

June 2, 2013
For the first time in my life,
I really can’t stand my looks.

I’ve read things that speak of my inner beauty,
like Christian magazines, and Christian books.

But, I guess that’s just the thing, you see,
it isn’t inner beauty that I crave.

I’m okay in that department,
but with my outer looks, I feel depraved.

I’ve always been confident in myself,
and who I truly was.

But, looking in the mirror now,
I can’t help but make a fuss.

I want to be tiny,
and have a nice body, too.

Help me, God.
I know that these desires aren’t from you.

Help me thirst for you
the way I used to.

Let your word be
my heart’s desire.

Let me burn for you with passion!
God, set me on fire!

Let you be all that I want,
and also all that I need.

You can restore my confidence, God.
You can truly set me free.

Break these chains
that have held me captive for so long.

Rejuvenate me, God!
Help me sing a brand new song.

Let me sing of freedom from bondage,
bondage I have claimed as my own.

Let me live freely knowing I’m yours,
let who I am be shown.

Help me to see myself
the way that only you can.

Help me not to seek approval
from any earthly man.

Let you be all I want, Father.
Let you be all I crave.

Mold me into your warrior,
strong, fearless, and brave.

Don’t let this world I live in
trouble me any longer.

Let me take residence in you,
the one place where I can grow stronger.

I am your warrior,
and your warriors are few.

I also know that I am your
daughter, a princess, and your beloved, too.

If I saw myself through your eyes,
my superficial worries would go away.

So teach me, God, to love myself.
Help me love myself everyday.

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thatunknownthingThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 1, 2013 at 8:18 am
This poem reflects very much what so many people also feel, and i can totally connect too. It's pretty good a work, but it felt like you tried too hard at times to achieve the rhyme. 'Let you' adressed to God, in the poem, didn't feel like appropriate grammar, but otherwise, good job. :)
StarGazer9 said...
Jun. 26, 2013 at 4:42 pm
Great job on this!
SophieSoFar said...
Jun. 14, 2013 at 9:38 am
This is just perfect piece! It reflects how most of our desires! Keep fuel on Beth! You are the best!
CookieMonster24 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 10, 2013 at 12:17 pm
I LOVE this piece! This is so inspiring! And I love how it ends. Keep it up. And keep writing. 
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