‘I am so ugly!’ ‘No one loves me because I am so unloveable.’ ‘I am so fat.’ ‘Why am I so stupid?’
It’s easy to be overwhelmed with words like these, telling ourselves lies that are destructive and tear down our self esteem. But this verse in Ephesians 2 tells something different. We are actually God’s handiwork, his piece of art, his creation.
Not only that, in other places in the Bible we are told that we are precious and honored in God’s sight and loved by him (Isaiah 43:4). In fact, he delights over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17)!
One of the things that helps me to remember what is true about me is to listen to worship music or old hymns. Instead of becoming overwhelmed with the lies, God uses the words of the songs to speak truth to my heart and mind.
One such song is ‘You Say’ by Lauren Daigle. In it she contrasts what God says about me with what I say about myself. The chorus of the song reminds me: ‘You say I am loved, when I can’t feel a thing You say I am strong when I think I am weak And you say I am held when I am falling short And when I don’t belong, oh you say I am yours’
Are you mired in the lies that you tell yourself? Are you overwhelmed with those thoughts that pull you down? Have you forgotten what God says about you? He wants you to believe the truth that he tells you about yourself so that you can know that not only are you are loved by him, but you belong to him. You are his work of art!
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank you that what you say about me is the truest thing about myself. Thank you that I am loved by you and that you give me strength even when I am weak. Help me not to believe the lies that I too often believe, but instead remember what you say about me. Fill my mind with those thoughts today. Amen.
Throughout This Day: Listen to this song, You Say, by Lauren Daigle and listen to the words as she sings. Take time to thank God today for the things that he says are true about you – you are loved, you are strong, you belong to him, you are his handiwork, created and loved by him.
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