Tuesday, January 8, 2013
God Likes Me!
This past Sunday, I shared the first sermon in the series "Discovering God: Who is He to Me?". In the book of Genesis, we discovered God the Creator. From that I want to share a thought with you.
We often allow our hearts and minds to get tangled up in ideas of what others think about us. It's a natural desire to want people to like you. Even people who say "I don't care about what anybody thinks of me!", truth be told, deep down they do. But the danger in that is trying to build our self image with what we think are the bricks and mortar of the likes of other people. The reality is that most of those likes are not bricks at all, but instead straws which can be easily blown away with the first hard winds of change or challenge.
Yet and still we often chase after the fickle likes of others by trying to say the right things, wear the right clothes, drive the right cars, get down to the right weight, or for us ministers...preach the right sermon. (ouch!..stepped on my own toe that time). Then when the time comes that we lose those likes as quickly as we got those likes, we feel down-in-the-dumps about ourselves, and think things like "what's wrong with me?!".
But what you need to discover is that you were created and God is your Creator. You didn't just happen (in spite of the stories you may have heard from your momma and daddy). Before you were ever a blip on anyone's screen, God thought you out thoroughly, then He made you. There is no way there would have been two cells to join, if God hadn't made them. No way those cells would have grown into a blob in your mother's womb if God had not caused it to. No way that blob could have sprouted arms and legs, grew a nose to scratch and fingers to scratch it unless God had told it to. I could go on and on, but you get the picture, and I hope the picture you are getting is that God made you into what He likes. Of course there are things about you He doesn't like, your sin to be exact; in fact He hates that. But you as a person, a living, breathing, soul-filled human..His creation... He really likes you. You might hate your hair because it won't do right, or at least won't do what you see someone else's doing. But God likes it like that. You may think your nose is not how you would have made it. Well it's how God would have made it, because...well...that's how He made it. Maybe you wish for a different combination of height and weight and eyes and complexion and feet and ears than what may have been dialed up for you. But when God stands back to see how He molded you and shaped you, He doesn't stand back and say "I wish I had done this or that". No, He stands back and looks at you and says "Perfect!".
I think we all need to learn how to better appreciate God's creation, and we need to start with His creation we see in the mirror every day. We need to learn how to say what the writer in Psalms said "I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well." (Psalm 139:14) Then the next time your mind starts trippin about "no body likes me", let your heart tell your head..."God likes me!".