Have you ever worked really hard on something only to have others not appreciate it or even criticize your efforts? When you were a kid, did you ever draw a picture and then the teacher said, “Do better, not good enough.”
Or maybe as a teen, you saw magazine covers or the ‘popular” kids at school and thought to yourself, “I am not enough” (pretty, smart, talent … whatever your “enough” may be). Well, you’re not alone.
As an adult, I find myself consistently thinking and occasionally saying things like, “I do not like my hair, my size, my … ” Now, I am not saying we should not always strive to be better and make improvements. If we need to be healthier, then make the steps to do that. If working on a project and your supervisor critiques it, improve it. However, I am saying STOP offending God. So, now I have your attention. How is saying or even simply thinking negative about myself offensive to God?
Well, just as you “work” to make things like you want (exercise to lose weight, run to get faster, etc.), God made us. We are his creation. The next time you think or say something negative, take a moment to think, if God were standing in front of me would I say this? Would his feelings be hurt if I told him his work was not good enough?
I personally struggle with this and am making efforts to stop criticizing God’s creation. I am his creation, all my traits, talents, and abilities. He made them, and since he is perfect, who am I to say it is not “good enough.”
Today, I want to encourage each of you to truly look at the marvelous creature you are and remember, God made you in His image. I personally think that is not only good enough, I think he did a fantabulous job on each of us!
Genesis 1:27 (NKJV) — “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Jeremiah 1:5 (NLT) — “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.”
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