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“How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that. What you have done is wonderful. I know that very well.” - Psalm 139:14

I’m sure many of you have heard this passage before. Perhaps it is written in lipstick on your mirror to provide a little pep talk each morning. Perhaps, like my family, it is written across the wall in your child’s room. We like the feeling that comes with this verse, it makes us feel carefully thought of, strategically designed, and purposeful. These things are good, but they are only the beginning of what this psalm has in store for us.

From the very beginning, this psalm is worshipful. “How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that” The focus is put on the builder, not the project. Again the psalmist writes, “What you have done is wonderful. I know that very well!” What the psalmist is not saying is that we are amazing, wonderful, or praiseworthy, but rather the very fact that we were thought of by the Creator God should move us to worship! Think about that again: realizing how God planned, prepared, and created you (in all your quirkiness) should lead us to praise His wonderful name! And yet how many women stand in front of a mirror and accuse God of injustice because of what they see in the reflection? How much money do men spend on fitness memberships? How much time do students devote to finding the perfect shot to post on social media?

Our view of ourselves is a constant battle in which, I believe, we as a culture are losing every day. Now, hear me on this: it doesn’t really matter how we view ourselves if we’re only viewing ourselves. I know, that’s not very nice, but follow me here… If our focus and attention is on ourselves, measuring ourselves by our own standards or comparing ourselves to others, the only thing we can hope to accomplish is meeting a worldly standard. Think about that, the best thing you can hope for in your bodily focus and betterment is to feel better according to what the world has projected as “beautiful”, “strong”, or “sexy.” But what about holy? What about devoted? What about devout?

It doesn’t really matter how we view ourselves if we have ourselves in mind. However, if we can take note from the psalmist and be led to worship by what we see reflected in the mirror, then we embark on something holy.

For the month of March, our family ministry will be learning through a series called MADE, exploring the truths that stem from this psalm. We will explore the weight of being made in God’s image, we will ask questions about our role and responsibility in stewarding our bodies and how we treat one another, we will see that in all things, God’s glory is front in center in the decisions we make about our bodies, our mindset, and who we see when we see our reflection. And so as we embark on this learning season together, all phases of the family in the same conversation, how will we as parents and caretakers prepare our own hearts for the message our children will receive? Will we have courage to lay down the empty pursuit of worldly appearance and begin to pursue something holy?

“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,  how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you. The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.”
- Psalm 139:13-16 (MSG)
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