Many people find it difficult to feel good about themselves unless they come top of the class, organization, are captain of the sports team or are very rich. Grown-ups are like this as well as boys and girls. It is rather silly because only one person can be top of the class and when they go to a different school, someone else may beat them anyway. Only one girl can win a beauty competition – and next year someone else will beat her.
We need to understand what the Creator says about us. In the Bible we find this:
“God created man in his own image, In the image of God he created him; Male and female he created them. God saw all that he had made and it was very good”. Genesis 1:27 and 31
There are two important things here:
The first is we are made like God. People are different from animals not just because we have a bigger brain. We are more than just a machine or a clever computer. It’s not easy to say exactly what the differences are or how we are like God and made in His image. Here are some ideas for you to think about.
People are creative: When we draw a picture, make a model or write a poem we show that we share God’s character.
People have word-power: In Genesis we see God creating by His powerful words. We too can use words to build or to destroy. We express our feelings in our words.
People enjoy relationship with one another and with God: It is hard to imagine an animal praying but all over the world people pray and look for a relationship with God.
You and I are made like God.
Everything God made is good and that includes you! We need to make the very best of what we are but when we grumble and complain and wish we were different we are really insulting God who created us. He looks at us and says He has made a good job of us. God does not make rubbish. We are wonderfully made.
Sometimes if you look at a tube of toothpaste you will see that the manufacturer has written something like “Manufactured by SuperKleen. SuperKleen quality is guaranteed.” Or a packet of tea-leaves may have the words “Our name is your guarantee of satisfaction.” You are God-made. That is a guarantee that you are very special and that you are well made.
Your value as a person is not measured by –
Your Beauty – what I look like;
Your Brains – how clever I am;
Your brawn – how good I am at sport;
Your Bucks – how much money I have got;
But by the fact that you are made by God and like God you can all say:
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” Psalm 139:14