During an oil change, I saw a children’s book in the waiting room titled I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont. “I like my nose, I like my hair, I even like my bad breath …” it went on to say
I get the whole self-esteem thing for kids, but what about adults? Does God really want us to like ourselves?
Christians are often preoccupied with verses like, “The heart is desperately wicked,” “There is none righteous, not even one,” “All have sinned and fallen short.” After all, our wretchedness is what makes grace so amazing, right?
The phrase, “I love myself!” gets stuck in our throats, causing us to feel egotistical and self-centered. We recognize that the human body, along with all nature, is a beautifully complex and amazing creation, but to say that I am beautiful, complex, and amazing somehow feels … wrong.
We often confuse WHAT WE DO with WHO WE ARE. While it is true, we have sinful and selfish tendencies, it is not our identity!
Psalm 139:14 says, “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.”
And “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them,” according to Ephesians 2:10.
The Hebrew and Greek words used in these verses describe us as God’s art, or poem.
That is who we are – God’s work of art, His masterpiece!
As the Psalm above describes, getting the truth of who we are into our heads inspires gratitude, motivating us to cultivate our strengths to honor God. Just as art reflects the artist, we express His creativity and love. Only when we see value in ourselves will we be able to value and love our neighbor!
Lord, when I know Who You are, I see who I am (my soul knows it very well)! You made me wonderfully unique and with a purpose. Ultimately, Your objective is to express love to this world, but I rejoice that the journey I’m on to authenticity is so thrilling! I give you my time and talents, and I trust You to guide and strengthen me on the path You planned for me.