But if you’re like me, you’ve already thought of a dozen ways to disagree those words. I never think of myself as wonderful.
Most of the time I go straight to the superficial . . . to appearances. And all I see are imperfections.
I started treatment for acne last week. Seriously, there should be a law – once you have to cope with wrinkles you shouldn’t have to deal with acne too. It’s just wrong!
That’s just the obvious stuff. I could share a long list of things that are not wonderful.
And don’t get me started on my not wonderful thoughts, words, and actions.
I desperately need grace!
Grace that looks past the surface to God made wonderful.
Two important things you and I need to know about being wonderful.
Whether you feel like it or not…
1. God made you wonderful.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14
I love the way the MSG. says it…
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
It’s not about feelings. Whether you “feel” it or not, God made you wonderful and marvelous . . . one of a kind. Perfect for His plans and purposes. Out of all the possible DNA combinations, God chose 46 chromosomes specifically for you.
There are 8,324,608 possible combinations of 23 chromosome pairs. Each chromosome contains dozens to thousands of different genes. The total possible combination of alleles for those genes in humans is approximately 70,368,744,177,664. This is trillions of times more combinations than the number of people who have ever lived. ~Reddit.com/AskScience
“You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman.” ~Max Lucado
2. Celebrate being wonderful if you want peace.
Obsessing about all your flaws and faults robs you of both peace and happiness.
Satan wants to steal your joy kill your purpose, and destroy your kingdom usefulness.
The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness. John 10:10
But God in His mercy changes all that when we keep our focus on Him and celebrate His life-giving love and power.
The second part of Psalm 139:14 in The Message Translation says.
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
What a creation! That’s you! That’s me!
You are not a blend of flaws and faults. You are God’s marvelous creation!
How to Celebrate the You God Made and Enjoy Peace
- Make a list of your greatest strengths and abilities. You’re kind. Smart. Funny. Musical. Artistic. Strong. Make a list of everything you do well.
- Make a list of things you like about the way you look. Just do it. Beautiful eyes. Cute nose. Strong arms. Find a minimum of 5-10 things to celebrate.
- Ask your closest friends to help you make your list. They love you. You’ll be surprised by the blessings they see in you and the things they like about you.
- Spend less time thinking about yourself and more time loving others. You will feel better about yourself. I promise.
- Refuse to compare your appearance, gifts, or abilities with anyone else’s. Comparing is the thief of joy and peace. Don’t do it!
- Do your best and have peace with the rest. Live today with enthusiasm. Then put the day behind you and start again tomorrow.
- Take a Facebook break to take a break from comparing. Everyone puts their ideal on social media. If you find yourself discouraged while scrolling through posts . . . walk away.
- Reject negative self-talk. Stop it! If it’s sin, confess it, receive forgiveness and celebrate God’s grace.
- Forgive yourself for unhealthy and unwise choices. Don’t deny what God has done through grace. Forgive yourself for past mistakes.
- Do something positive every day to become the person you want to be. Let God work in you to grow you for His purposes. Learn something new. Exercise. Eat a healthy diet.
- Do something for someone else every day. Your family. Your friends. A neighbor. A stranger. Be kind. Smile. You will feel better about yourself.
- Limit your time with toxic and negative people. You can’t avoid them all but you can lessen their ability to discourage and defeat you.
- Be patient – think long term. Expect progress, not perfection. One of my favorite sayings is, “Baby steps are still steps.”
- Cherish values like honesty, integrity, kindness, etc. Follow the Golden Rule and treat others the way you want them to treat you.
- Speak a minimum of five positive and encouraging things to yourself every day. Remember Stuart Smiley’s quote,”I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.”
- Do one nice thing for yourself every day. Take a long bath. Read a chapter of your favorite book. Light a candle. Use your good dishes. Celebrate today.
- Pursue a close relationship with the One who created you. Spend time in prayer and Bible study. Ask Him to help you become the best version of the you, He created.
- Ask God to help you see yourself the way He sees you. He loves you so much! The God of the universe calls you precious.
- Remember how very much God loves you. Memorize His promises to speak truth to your heart when you feel discouraged.
- Remember – God looks past the surface to the heart. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
5 Verses to Remember How Much God Loves You
“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.” John 15:9
But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8
But God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. Ephesians 2:4–5
The Lord your God is with you; the mighty One will save you. He will rejoice over you. You will rest in His love; He will sing and be joyful about you. Zephaniah 3:17
See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are! 1 John 3:1
Finally, and this is important…
Have an eternal perspective.
All of the things that discourage and annoy you are temporary. Your soul, who God made you to be in Him, in His image, will last forever. And that person is someone to celebrate.
So, there you have it . . . the post I needed.
Maybe you need it too.
God loves you. He made you YOU for His glory and for His plans and purposes, and for eternity. It’s time to celebrate His goodness by celebrating you!
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