“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” Gen. 1:27
Today’s Christian daily devotional
“I’m so sick of working out.” I sigh, while flipping through the latest issue of my favorite fashion magazine. I defiantly grab another slice of green pepper in loathsome obedience to what I know I must do.
I long to dip into the jar of chocolates that are calling my name from the counter. I picture myself diving straight in and not looking up until I see the bottom of the crystal bowl.
My sister laughs understandably with me. We both struggle with our body image and a low self-esteem. In a world that glorifies the impossible standard of perfect beauty, it is hard not to be affected. When I read Gen. 1:27, I imagine what God must look like. I look in the mirror and a giggle bubbles up. I wonder if God has cellulite.
In this age of airbrushed impossibilities, it is good to remember that being human will automatically put us in the imperfect category. The good news of Gen. 1:27 is that even in our imperfection, we were fashioned into the very image of God Himself. When you really grasp the value of that, it will be hard not to appreciate yourself.
I am quite positive that God has a bigger imagination than most of us give him credit for. If we were all to look like Giselle, Brad Pitt or Beyonce’ life would not be as creative or interesting. The differences in every human are the very unique markings of a God that has a special purpose for each of our strengths and weaknesses.
So, with every workout, carrot stick and prayer for a blessing, I am determined to keep in mind to honor where God he has me today. Because at the end of the day I was made in the image of God. How bad can that really be?
“Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the wonderful reminder of Gen. 1:27. It really puts my low self-esteem in perspective. If I feel bad about myself, then I am really being insulting to the image I was created in. I am hurting you.
Lord, help me to never give up on trying my best. I need to remember there is no such thing as perfect. Except for you. The only example of perfection was your Son, Jesus.
As I go about my daily goals, help me to remember the love that Jesus walked in everyday. The sacrifices He made for others were the very things that impacted everyone that knew Him.
An extra ten pounds may come or go, but the testimony I live everyday will make an impact in the lives of those who know I love you. Help me to keep my focus on what matters…you. In Jesus’ precious name, I am thankful for the honor of being made in your image. Bless all that know me to see the God who lives inside, Amen.”
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan