God don’t make junk

Passage:

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalms 139:13 ESV)

Paraphrase:

God, you are the One who made me, inside and out. You put me together, piece by piece in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I was made precisely by you. You take delight in me!

Premise:

God doesn’t make junk. Everything God does is good and intentional, even when it comes to making me. From my personality to the color of my eyes, the shape of my nose to my toes, God’s hand formed me. Because God delights in me, I shouldn’t ever look at myself with disdain. Of course I am not perfect but God doesn’t hate me. Instead He loves me dearly because I am one of His creations. I shouldn’t ever mock, ridicule or make fun of anyone because they too are someone God made with His own hands and He loves them as they are. No more, no less. God doesn’t make junk and He made me. Therefore, I should give thanks for my personality, my gifts and abilities, even my appearance because what God sees when He looks at me is a one-of-a-kind.

Principle:

God doesn’t make junk, therefore He loves each and every individual because He made each person.

Because God loves others, I should love and treat them with respect and honor.

Be thankful for who I am and how God made me. I am a one-of-a-kind.

Ponder:

How do you view yourself?

How do you view others?

Do you make fun of or treat others poorly? Why?

What part of you do you not like? What part of you are you thankful?

How can you become more thankful for all of who you are?

Practice:

Give thanks for your personality, your abilities, and appearance.

Don’t compare yourself to anyone else because there is no comparison.

Prayer:

Dear God, thank you for making me. Help me to view myself properly and to look at others the way you see them: as someone valuable. Thank you for the way you put me together and forgive me for how I’ve despised myself at times. Teach me to love myself properly so that I will be able to love my neighbor as myself.

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