• Carol Chisolm

Take It Back

September was Alopecia Awareness month. Unfortunately, those of us who suffer with alopecia are aware of it every day. It is a daily struggle that attacks our self-esteem and devalues our self-worth. We cannot just tuck it away or take it off and put it on a shelf until next September rolls around.

Although alopecia is a reality, we do not have to allow it to define who we are. Oftentimes, we let our imperfections, our flaws, our insecurities, our anxieties, and our past to control our lives. The enemy uses these things to keep us from growing and realizing our full potential. He steals our dreams and kills our aspirations. If you are ready to take back control and reclaim your self-worth, try this:

1) Accept your reality – I coined the phrase, “I have alopecia, but it doesn’t have me”. If you

are struggling with self-image, look in the mirror and say, “I have” (fill in the blank). Then

declare, in the name of Jesus, that it longer has control over you. We can only regain control,

if we acknowledge that this is who we are or what we have.

2) Trust God –When He looks at us, he doesn’t see our imperfections. We can trust Him to

cover, or hide us in His unfailing love and carry us through whatever we face. He will bear

our burden and help us to overcome adversity. God said He will cover us and carry us.

Cover—“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for am your God. I will

strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”

(Isaiah 41:10).

Carry – “Even to your old age I will be the same, and even to your graying years I will

bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; and I will bear you and I will deliver you

(Isaiah 46:3-4).

We have to begin to see ourselves as God sees us. Yes, we are imperfect, but God sees grace. Yes, we are flawed, but He sees faith. Now it’s up to us to believe what God says. So as we bid farewell to September and Alopecia Awareness month, we also say good-bye poor self-image. Good-bye low self-esteem. I choose to believe what God says about me.