This post on God Created You was written by Jeffrey Chen, who is pursuing a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary. Jeffrey has a passion for sharing God’s love with those around him. He blogs at The Wayvy Life.
I am my toughest critic. I constantly put myself down for not working hard enough, for wasting too much time, for not saying the “right” thing, for not doing the “right” thing, for not being my best self. I focus more on my flaws than my strengths. I focus on my laziness, my procrastination, my poor communication skills, my messiness, and most importantly of all, my pimples that appear on my face randomly. The point is, I often hate myself more than I love myself.
I feel like I am not alone in this sentiment. While we certainly are aware when others criticize us, many of us are our own worst enemy. Because we know everything about ourselves, we know the worst parts of our being. Our less than ideal traits, habits, appearance, behaviors, etc. We could go on and on about what we don’t like about ourselves. What we wish we could change about ourselves.
While it is only when we are aware of our flaws that we can work on them and grow, I want to remind you of something we often forget in a pattern of unhealthy self-loathing: God created you. Yes, you. The God of this universe who created the beautifully wonderful world we live in including the mountains, the oceans, the sun, the moon, the stars, the sky, trees, animals (especially dogs), beaches, snow, and your loved ones. He also created YOU. And He created you in His image. While you are not God and you are not perfect, you are a resemblance of God. You reflect Him. You are His masterpiece. You are flawed, but wow are you beautiful.
Sit in that. How does it feel to know that God uniquely formed you in His hands? I know it makes me feel good. It makes me feel loved. It makes me feel special. It makes me feel like I can do anything, despite my shortcomings. It gives me confidence and belief in myself, knowing God will work through me despite my limitations. I can’t do everything, but I can do something. God has given me amazing gifts and strengths, and He will use them in wondrous ways to glorify Him and serve others.
I hope you feel similarly. Because God created you. And just as you see God in nature or others as you look around you, others see God in you whether you know it or not. You are a work of art with value beyond words and understanding. God has smiled down on you since the day you were born and is even smiling looking at you right now, knowing that what he created is good. Very good. Hold on to that deep in your heart as you walk through life.
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