The world is so obsessed with beauty. It has become a standard that requires your identity. The world has become so fond of good looks that even society will only accept you if you look like according to what majority calls as beautiful, gorgeous and attractive.
There’s a saying, “Don’t judge the book by it’s cover.” This is true for the life of an amazing woman named Lizzie Velasquez. In the world’s perspective and human-made standards, she will never be enough because of how she looks like. Only a few can see the real story and beauty within her soul that’s worth more than just an appearance.
In the light of God’s sight, it’s totally the opposite. Lizzie is so dear, precious and beautiful just like everybody else regardless of what other people say. Her heart and soul which is the only thing that truly last cannot compare to the temporary thing of beauty that only fades in time (Proverbs 31:30).
Lizzie was born with a very uncommon congenital disease called Marfanoid–progeroid–lipodystrophy syndrome, preventing her from accumulating body fat and gaining weight.
Due to her condition, she suffered bullying all throughout her schooling years especially during middle school. But it was never a reason for her to quit. Lizzie’s parents did their best to make her feel normal and loved, that there’s nothing wrong with her. God and family became her refuge. At church, she’s the happiest kid in the world.
Lizzie decided to join a school club to win over her peers but she realized she needed to change her attitude instead of just praying hard to become like everybody else. She stopped complaining about her physical appearance and started to believe that God is the reason why she exists in the first place. Since then, everything changed and her confidence grew.
But one day, during her junior year of high school, all the confidence she worked hard for came crashing down. Unknown to Lizzie, a video of her on YouTube went viral entitling her as the ‘World’s Ugliest Woman’ hit over 4 million views.
She read every comment and can’t find even one uplifting opinion from the people. One user even commented, “Can you please just find a gun and kill yourself.”
The cruelty of online bullying did not break Lizzie, instead it inspired her to take up motivational speaking. She chose to be kind to an unkind world.
Now she’s showing people how to change the world through compassion.
“I wasn’t doing this to be famous. I was doing this to share a message. The whole speech, every word that came out of my mouth was a God thing, it wasn’t me,” says Lizzie
“I feel like Jesus put me in this little body to show people that no matter what size you are, or where you come from, or what you go through, there is a God who is there, who will never leave you. And that will surpass any obstacle.”
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