We tend to never be satisfied with what we have or who we are. If we have straight hair, we want curly hair. We complain we are too tall, too fat, too short, or too skinny. Sometimes we make these remarks without realizing it or realizing what we are actually doing.
The other day I was having a conversation with a lovely lady and was telling her I don’t like hearing my voice. I don’t know…It just sounds weird to me.
Well, a couple of days later, I got a message from this lovely lady, she said,
“you know, if Eli (her son), made a piece of artwork, an original piece, not trying to make a drawing of a pony or anything that already exist, but just making a piece of artwork that’s completely original and created by him…it would be pretty silly of me to try to tell him that something should be different, or that something isn’t right or weird about it, right?”
I couldn’t believe what I was reading. I was offended on behalf of her son. How could she tell critique her son’s work like that?
I responded quickly, ” Yes”
I was just about to say more in the message, but I got her message before I was able to send mine. It said,
“the next time you ever think there’s something you don’t really like about yourself whether it be your voice or a way you look or pretty much anything for that matter, I’d like for you to remember this example and the fact that you are God’s masterpiece, an original design, nothing to compare it too.”
All I could say at this point in time was … shame.
How could I forget this?
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. – Ephesians 2:10
There are two folds to this that I want to note.
1) My reaction to her criticism of her son’s artwork.
I was so concerned about her son’s feelings. Can you imagine working so hard and putting all your effort into something, to have someone disregard it?
Heck, when I’m in the kitchen cooking all day, I’m expecting to hear, “dinner was good” after everyone ate. Hearing anything less than that might be discouraging.
Knowing we are God’s masterpiece, how does He feel when we criticize ourselves or others.
He loves us so much that He knows how many hairs are on top of our heads. He took the time to craft you in your mother’s womb.
2) My rejection of the sound of my voice.
Not only had I rejected what God had designed, but I didn’t see myself as God’s masterpiece.
I think we really need to think about what is a masterpiece. It is a piece of art that is created with extraordinary skill. The dictionary defines it as a person’s greatest piece of art.
A masterpiece is costly.
Think about that for a second, God didn’t rush while knitting you together, you are His greatest piece of art. You are costly. It cost a lot for God to redeem you from the power of darkness.
You were not cheaply made or an afterthought. He made you perfectly.
When thoughts come to make you feel you are not enough, fight these thoughts with scriptures. The enemy wants you to feel this way, and the more you think about it, the deeper the thoughts will go within you. Don’t receive anything the enemy wants to give.
I am a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, I am his own possession – 1 Peter 2:9
I am God’s workmanship – Ephesians 2:10
Before God formed me in the womb He knew me, and before I was born He consecrated me – Jeremiah 5:1
God knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. – Ps. 139:13-14
The Lord rejoices over me – Zephaniah 3:17
I am altogether beautiful and there is no flaw or blemish in me. Songs 4:7
I am God’s masterpiece – Ephesians 2:10
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Photo by 祝 鹤槐 Music by Whitesand – Melody Of My Dreams – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si89RLFreaw