I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
I pray you had a wonderful day yesterday. I am flying home today. I actually went to the spa yesterday with my girls. This bachelorette weekend has been so much fun, and I am excited for my friend Jackie to step into marriage this December!
As I was sitting praying and thinking of what I wanted to pray for today, the words, you’re not perfect, but perfectly made was directly inserted into my heart.
I was praying because I struggle with self-image from time to time. It’s something I’ve carried into my adult life since I was in middle school. My self-image and my worth for a long time came from the number on the scale, and as that number would increase, my self-esteem would decrease.
I don’t know what about you gets you in a funk. Maybe your hair isn’t straight enough or curly enough. Maybe your eyes aren’t big enough or are too big. I don’t know; we all find something always to nitpick. Maybe it’s the size of certain parts of our bodies. Society has defined beauty for too long for both men and women.
Men, it’s okay if you aren’t strong enough.
Women, it’s okay if your waist isn’t small enough.
Our “enough” can’t be weighed against what the world deems beautiful. We have to start treating our bodies with love and respect it deserves. Our creator made us like this. Our creator gave us these gifts.
I am not telling you to trash it with junk food; I am telling you to take care of it. With the end goal of a healthy lifestyle that honors our bodies. Not with the end goal of a six-pack to show off on spring break.
I know we all struggle with something. I know this because we are not perfect, and we live in a fallen world that seeks perfection. Maybe it’s not your looks, but your grades in class or how much money you bring home. Whatever makes you feel less than, turn to that and say, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Repeat that over and over and over again.
I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful. God’s works are wonderful. God made me. I am wonderful. I know that full well because God created the universe and in that universe is me. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am not perfect but perfectly made.
Jesus, you knew exactly what you were doing when you made us. This world tries to steal our confidence and our joy. We pray we are no longer slaves to the weight of this world. I pray we care for the bodies that you gave us. May we care for them so that we honor you, not so that we can show off in public looking for a vanity. We can admit something inside us tells us we are not enough, but we look to you and God; we know we are just perfectly made. We know that you love us the way you see us. God help us see your face when we look in the mirror. It is in your Holy name that we pray, today and always, Amen!