Sometimes You Just Need to Realize That You're Beautiful

Erik Cooper —  January 24, 2011 — 4 Comments

(Maybe the spirit of the Hallmark channel has overtaken me, but this just felt like it needed to be said. Braveheart analogies the remainder of the week!).

Sometimes you just need to realize that you’re beautiful.

This is my oldest daughter Emma. Aspiring drummer. Hater of Barbies. First picked in backyard football scrums.

Elegant beauty.

I’ve always known that last part (and not just as an obligated father), but I’m not sure she’s ever thought of herself in that way. Until last week’s school play forced her into a role that suddenly had heads turning and cameras popping. Only then did she seem to subtly awaken to what I’ve been telling her consistently since she was too little to understand

she’s absolutely beautiful. (a 12 year old clone of her mother)

Beyond normal pre-teen insecurities, I think we all wrestle with wrong internal definitions. Past mistakes, unspoken insecurities, or unfortunate circumstances can cast a distorted reflection.

We are broken.

We aren’t good enough.

That’s what makes grace so amazing. That’s what makes the Father’s pursuit so astounding. And sometimes we just need to sit back and absorb the way our Daddy sees us.

Absolutely beautiful.

4 responses to Sometimes You Just Need to Realize That You're Beautiful

  1. Ok, tissues please… 🙂

  2. Thanks for giving me permission to cry, Rachel. Love this picture of a Daddy’s love.

  3. Yes! She is so beautiful. I was just noticing what a lovely young lady she is growing into at the basketball game Saturday!! It’s GREAT you tell her!!!

  4. Beautiful daughter, beautiful thoughts. thank you Eric.

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