SEEING YOURSELF AS GOD SEES YOU
I’ve always wanted to have twins. We seemed to have a child every 15-18 months for the first 6 years of our marriage, but never had twins. I even told my wife that if she had twins she could take a year off from pregnancy but it never happened! However my oldest son recently had twin girls. Charis and Chloe are 20 months old as I write this and we are here babysitting them and their 4 older siblings (oldest is 7). I must admit I enjoy watching twins as much as I thought I would! There is something special to be able to see these sisters interact. It’s like Wrigley’s Doublemint Gum – double the pleasure and double the fun.
These girls look exactly alike. If it wasn’t for their different color toe nail polish I wouldn’t know who is who. However, God doesn’t make any 2 people the same and that becomes obvious when you get to know these girls. Chloe will sit on my lap all day but Charis is always exploring and discovering. Charis eats anything and everything, and a lot of it. Chloe is more particular. Their reactions and responses are different as well. Already it’s obvious they are totally different people. That’s no surprise – God makes everyone different, we all know that.
So if we know that why do we try so hard to be like others instead of just being the unique, one-of-a-kind individual God created us to be? What causes us to feel inferior to others who differ from us, especially if it is God who made us to be different in the first place? There’s nothing wrong with being fashionable, but often we are afraid to think for ourselves and just be the person we were made to be.
If we are all equal in God’s sight, why would we think someone else is better than us? Different is just that – different but equal. Different has nothing to do with better or worse. God wants us to be the person He created us to be or He wouldn’t have made us that way. We do Him and ourselves a great disservice when we, in effect, accuse Him of being unfair and unjust in the way He created us. If He likes me just as I am then I better learn to just be me and to like me as well!
Psalm 139:13-18 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.
Are you ever guilty of criticizing one of the greatest wonders in God’s creation – yourself? Are you content to be yourself, or do you try to ‘improve’ yourself by hiding some of who you are and acting like someone else instead?