I wonder how many millions are spent yearly to look better through makeup, plastic surgery, hair implants, liposuction, and so on. In America we have this misconception fueled by advertisers that we are not good enough, ever. This way of thinking is not limited to the obese, balding, or acne-faced. Even those viewed as physically perfect like runway models often feel very inadequate.
Satan is a master of deception. He knows if he can focus on fixing our perceived imperfections, he will keep our focus from seeking God.
God, on the other hand, has a completely different view of us. God is the creator of millions of masterpieces, no two just alike. Just as every star, snowflake, and sunset is unique, so is every human. How boring this world would look if we all weighed the same, measured the same height, and bore the same eye and hair colors. I can’t imagine!
I love David’s words in Psalm 139 when he spoke of God’s hand at work.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14
These words hit home for me because I’ve struggled for years with the need to look better, achieve more, and to be flawless. Yet years of effort have failed to bring me closer to the world’s version of perfection. So much wasted time and effort when all along God just wanted me to see the beauty he sees in his craftsmanship of me. I wonder if God just shakes his head at us as we all run around trying to fit the world’s ideal when from his viewpoint we are all quite beautiful in our own unique ways.
O, how I wish the teens walking the halls of my school could see the truth of Psalm 139:14 early in their lives so they can live with more peace knowing God made them each beautiful. After years, I still struggle but I also fight off Satan with the David’s words. I remind the devil I am fearfully and wonderfully made!
Lord, you are a most wonderful Creator! In the colors of fall and in the face of every human I see beauty! Lord, I praise you because you made me different. I praise you that every human has their own unique stamp of God within and on their being. Thank you, for loving us so much that you went to great effort to make each of us special. Remind my heart when I start to see after a version of me that you never intended to be me! Amen