I am your creator. You were in my care even before you were born. – Isaiah 44:2
How do you look at yourself? If it doesn’t line up with what God says, it isn’t truth.
In the world we live in today, it is so hard NOT to be hard on ourselves. I found myself constantly trying to, what I thought, was “better” myself in every single way. I would constantly be trying to change the way God made me from my appearance right to my personality and interests. Nothing was good enough. I would see someone with a certain body type and think “I wish I had that instead of mine.” I would see someone with long, thick hair and automatically hate my own. I would even see personality traits that I didn’t have, such as being more “bubbly”, and feel I would have to change to be more like that EVEN THOUGH it was not my personality.
I remember reading the bible one day and had such a revelation that my heart just hurt. It dawned on me of how much that must hurt God to see his child constantly say they aren’t good enough. That his CREATION wasn’t good enough.
Imagine you had a child. You are so proud of him. You look at that child and think “Wow, I created him.” You are absolutely astonished by his beauty, inside and out. As this child grows, you watch him cry himself to sleep every night. You ask him “why?” and he goes onto tell you every little detail about himself that he doesn’t like, from appearance right to personality traits. Those exact same ones you admired about him. He just all in all believes that he is just a failure. Wouldn’t that just tear your heart out?
When we look at ourselves in this way, we are basically saying “God, you blew it.” In his mind, he is so proud of us. He spent time to create every little detail about us and couldn’t wait for the world to see it! We were his project he worked hard on and we are saying “This isn’t good enough.”
I remember a few years ago, I spent 6 months making something similar to a scrap book for a loved one. Each day, I would work on it and spend countless hours on this project alone. It wasn’t just time that was spent… I put my whole heart into it. I would determine how every little detail would be to make it just right. I wanted it to be perfect. The day came where I could finally give this gift to that person. How exciting! Now imagine- I’m standing there watching them unwrap their gift with so much anticipation and excitement. They finally have it opened, look at it, and say “This isn’t what I wanted.” And threw it in the trash…. Imagine how hurtful that would be. It would be heartbreaking.
I feel that God feels the same way when we tell him his creation isn’t good enough.
Thankfully, the person got emotional with SO much excitement about this “creation” I had made.
Now, imagine that is how we looked at ourselves? How GOOD God must feel if we were just proud of his creation and THANKED him for it everyday? What a blessing that would be.
In order to change this mindset that we have on ourselves, we need to start looking
at who God says we are:
I am a new person. My past is forgiven and everything is new. ( reference- 2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am righteous and holy. ( reference- Ephesians 4:24)
I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life. ( reference- Colossians 3:4)
I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. ( reference- Colossians 3:12; Thessalonians 1:4)
I am a child of light and not of darkness. ( reference- Thessalonians 5:5)
I am chosen to share in God’s heavenly calling. ( reference- Hebrews 3:1)
I am part of Christ; I share in His life. ( reference- Hebrews 3:14)
I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house. ( reference- 1 Peter 2:5)
I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God. ( reference- 1 Peter 2:9, 10)