Anyone who has ever stood in front of a mirror and looked very closely at their appearance would have probably noticed something that bothered them (even if just in a tiny way). We look into the mirror and see a pimple and it gets our thoughts running. We think of all the people who look more ‘beautiful’, who have never had a pimple in their lives (just fyi, those people do not exist) and think we must be ugly.
To feel ugly is a negative emotion, it says “The way that I look is not how I wish I could look”. Is there any way we can take this negative emotion and turn into something that shows us just how much God loves us? This week in our Pitstops, we will look at what it means to be God-created.
The idea of this comes directly from the first book we find in the Bible. Genesis 1:27 says:
27 So God created human beings in his image. In the image of God he created them. He created them male and female.
You see, God formed you first and not only did He create you, but he made you perfect as you are. Even when we do not see the positive in ourselves, God does. He does not consider the way that we look like on the outside. He does not pick up a copy of the latest magazine and thinks everyone should be cover model material. And if you’ve ever seen how they douse the cover models in effects, you’ll find that they are just as ‘imperfect’ as you and me.
But they, along with you and I, are not imperfect. We are created in God’s image, which means that we are beautifully and perfectly created according to His image. In God’s eyes you are incredibly awesome and fantastic. Perhaps we must learn to speak positively of ourselves. And all the more, we should start looking at ourselves in the way God looks at us. We will be happier and because we know to whom we belong, we can confidently say, “I’m beautiful/handsome because, firstly, before I consider anything else, I am God-created.”