“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson wasn’t wrong in the above quote. Society constantly sends out the message that being yourself just isn’t good enough. It teaches us to continually compare ourselves with one another. Even to compete. Turn the pages of any secular magazine, browse the internet, walk along any high street, and there’s probably something there that will tell you how to fight the signs of ageing, how to stay slim and sexy, how to achieve someone else’s ‘look’, or more crudely a list which tells you who is hot and who is not. Hey, quite a few corporations make big money through making you believe that the God-ordained, natural “you” just isn’t good enough to get along in this world!
Child of the Most High God, you are a wonderful work of the Creator of all things. The One who brought the universe and all of creation into being also made you, and He made you fearfully and wonderfully. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:14). You were not destined to constantly demean yourself (or to allow anyone else to demean you). Nope. It wasn’t part of His great, good and wonderful plan for you to live in a perpetual cycle of self-hatred, insecurity or comparison to others. It wasn’t His intention for you to be judged and treated in a certain way on account of your outer self. The Almighty uniquely and wonderfully knit you together in your mother’s womb! He crafted all of your features because that’s how He wanted you to be. He doesn’t want you any other way. He made you and saw that you were good...A marvellous work…One that glorifies His unfathomable handiwork.
Don’t feel alone, because the Lord your God has been with you since the beginning and He is still with you. Don’t feel unaccepted, because He takes great delight in you. Be comforted because He will calm all your storms and quiet the voice of insecurity with His love. Be strengthened because your Father in Heaven rejoices over you with singing. (“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing” Zephaniah 3:17).
Precious handiwork of the eternal Creator, apple of the Lord’s eye, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Don’t let anyone or anything convince you otherwise.
(I’ve posted this video before, but I don’t think we can tire of hearing the truth).