Sunday, May 30, 2010

Encouragement: Accepting Ourselves

Most of us wish we were different somehow, perhaps in personality, appearance, or physical abilities. While it is all right to admire good traits in others, often this desire to be like someone else is actually a form of covetousness, or envy, which God condemns (Exodus 20:17). Instead, we must learn to accept ourselves as God has made us.

Before we can truly accept ourselves, however, we must first see the truth about ourselves, recognizing both the gifts and the limitations that God has given us. If we do not do this, we will constantly be struggling to be someone we are not. Oneway to appreciate how God has made us is to read Psalm 139. The Psalmist rejoices, "Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous - and how well I know it" (Psalm 139:14). As God's "workmanship", we are beautiful masterpieces- works of divine poetry that ought to be highly valued.

Each of us is unique and special-embraced and accepted by God Himself- even though not one of us is perfect. We can not be really happy and spiritually strong, until we are willing to accept ourselves as God made us. Once we accept the truth about ourselves, we can bring great glory to God Himself, for He is the One who made us.

Psalm 139:13.Y ou made all the delicate inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb.

Be Encouraged

A.Othniel
(www.aothniel.net)

Letter # 21 (30. 5. 2010)