Practical Messages for Impractical Times
So God created human beings in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
Have you ever looked in the mirror for reasons other than styling your hair or putting on make-up? Have you used the world’s superficial standards as an evaluation tool to criticize your outward appearance? If your answers to these questions are no and yes, then you are not alone. You are part of the majority of individuals who engage in self-destructive behaviors.
The human body is the most phenomenal aspect of the Creation story in Genesis. “Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils and the Man became a living person.” Genesis 2:7 Reading the story of Creation is a boost to our value, our worth, and our self-esteem.
We are priceless. Our hearts beat, lungs expand, kidneys cleansing, digestion occurring, brains computing, eyes and ears providing visualization and sounds of the environment spontaneously without us even thinking about the processes. God’s love for us is evident everytime we speak. From the progression of a baby making sounds to the development of spoken words, we display that we are truly God’s masterpiece.
If you are still struggling to love yourself, Luke 12:7 reminds us that God knows the numbers of hair on our head. Validate yourself on a daily basis by proclaiming who you belong to and who cares for you more than any other individual.
Love God! Love yourself! Love Others!
Dear God, Thank you for creating me in your image and breathing life into me. Help me to discard the world’s standards and accept your great love for me. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz