You say you don''t like the way you look? Well, few of us are entirely satisfied with our appearance. Unlike Narcissus who fell inlove with his own reflection in a pool of water, some of us nearly fall into depression when we see our reflection. A teenager''s appearance can change rapidly so that youth''s often feel like strangers in their own bodies. Many thus fret about their face, hair, figure and physique. How you look can have profound effect upon the way others view and treat you. A healthy concern about your appearance thus makes good sense. However, when you become self-conscious that you withdraw from others or feel bad about yourself, then such concern is not healthy.
Interestingly, distress over physical appearance is not always due to real physical defects. Mostly it comes from the scrutiny of peers, thus comes the source of anxiety. Before concluding that you are ugly, ask yourself to what extent your physical flaws are-real or imagined. Or have others pressured you into thinking it is?
Think who is it that promotes the idea that you need a certain look if you want to be popular, successful or happy? You shouldn''t let them mold you into thinking. If your peers are critical of the way you look, are they helpful or they just put you down? If the latter is true, who needs such friends anyway?
There is no reason to feel depressed about your looks. Ironically, the very thing you dislike about your looks may well be the soure of someone else''s envy. While giving attention to how you look is important be careful not to make it the big thing in your life because to God, the One who really counts, our looks are not the important thing. "He sees what the heart is."