When I look in the mirror these days, I am reminded of the approaching birthday and the extra softness of middle-age. The silver strands in my hair need coloring and the laugh lines are getting deeper.
Yet when I choose to tend my thoughts by the Word, I find an all together different approach. When I consider the Designer’s intention and fingerprints when He knit me together and the history with Him these decades testify to then I begin to see myself in a new light.
After the pounds of a pandemic and the hormones of middle age whisper my worth, I am choosing to tend my thoughts by the truth of the Designer who made me with purpose. Three truths of this designer label come to mind.
- I am to praise God because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are His works, according to Psalm 139:14. You and I are designed exactly as we should be, seeming flaws and all. We are created in wonder by the One who made the detailed seashells and the majestic mountains.
- God’s dwelling place is lovely is what Psalm 84:1 tells us. And we see that the Designer lives within those of us who have surrendered to Him, according to 1 Corinthians 3:16. So if I am His temple and Scripture says the temple of God is lovely, then the truth is, I am lovely. Crows-feet and all.
- Finally, I am to remind myself of the truth that my King, my Designer, is enthralled with my beauty according to the Psalmist (Psalm 45:11 NIV). The One who made me is taken by what He has made. He purposed your eye color, your hair texture, your body shape.
We are to take care of and steward well what He has given us, but we are not to hate His design. How much more confident would I feel if I tended my thoughts by my Designer’s truth than by the lies of my mind and the culture?
Thankfully God’s Word speaks to everything that matters and you, dear reader, matter. You are intentionally created in the image of God, with worth, value and beauty. He makes no mistakes. Let’s tend our mind by that truth and praise our Designer today!
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