We are a society that is too hard on ourselves. Setting impossible standards that can never be met, sending us toward failure. We get discouraged wondering why we aren’t good enough, or why we can’t be like someone else who seems to have it all together. And start beating ourselves up, wishing somehow we could make more of ourselves. The lies pile up about who we are, and we start to believe them. Devastating our souls, and depleting our sense of worth.
What if for a moment, instead of listening to the noise of the world and our negative self-images, if we asked the Lord what He sees when He looks at us. I think that we would be overwhelmed with the answer.
He would tell us about the amount of love He had for us while we were being created, a love so great that we can’t comprehend it. As we were being created, each detail that went into us, to make us unique, like no one else in history. Giving each one of us our personalities, strengths, desires, and passions. That He created us in His image, with a special plan for each one of our lives. Nothing about us was a mistake.
That He already knows each one of the mistakes that we would make, and that it would be ok. He would use those mistakes, so that we could learn from them. And to not be afraid to live fully, because he would be with us always. That He would equip us for everything that comes our way.
And remind us that there will be things that will try and take our focus off of Him, and tell us lies of getting satisfaction through other things than Him.
Finally, He would remind us again of how precious we are in His site, that His love for us would never change. That he went so far as to die for us, to show us His love.
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith-that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19
I pray that we would remember this, that it would drown out everything else that tries to tell us our value.