One of my favorite Sunday afternoon past times, when I was small, was going to the local zoo. I lived in a small town with an even smaller zoo. We basically had one lion, some wild dogs called dingos, a couple of peacocks, a poor gorilla, a few monkeys, deer, and a few smaller critters. You could view the entire zoo from a central spot, so to make the experience last longer, I would walk as slowly as I could around the square, lingering long in front of each container, and saving the lion’s cage for the big finale.
No matter how many times we went there, I never grew tired of going back to watch the deer lick the salt, see the peacocks strut across the yard with their tail feathers spread into a mesmerizing blend of blues and greens, or hear the lion’s great roar.
Imagine what it would have been like had I returned to roaring peacocks, dingos swinging from bars, and monkeys licking blocks of salt! Fortunately, each animal glorified God by being exactly how God created them to be.
And that’s how we should be. Why?
God did not want a duplicate of someone else. He wanted you to be you, and nobody else but you, His priceless treasure. Think about it. The most valuable items in this world are those for which there are no substitutes. There is no substitute for you. YOU MATTER! No one before you and no one after you will able to be you. And to be quite frank, they shouldn’t waste their time trying. Instead, they should spend their lives being the best “God-designed original” they can be.
Imagine for a moment that everyone read the 139th Psalm, the 13th through 16th verses, and finally realized that it was okay to be themselves, because they were fearfully and wonderfully made. Our world would never be the same! This Psalm reveals that God delicately formed you and planned for your existence. So since He made you for His glory, why not be the best you, you can be?
Let the Creator who formed you in your mother’s womb continue the process of shaping your life, now that you are outside of the womb. There is no better person to transform you that the One who created you. He’s the only one who knows what the finished version of you should look like.
All along the way, I’ve met those who thought because I wasn’t like them that I wasn’t good enough. I’ve also met a few who thought that I was great, even when I knew I wasn’t living up to my absolute best. They had nothing but the highest praise when they spoke of me. The opinions of both groups were just that… opinions.
I am neither someone who should be dismissed or treated as though I have no value. Nor am I someone who is special. I am just me, but that’s enough. I am one of God’s creations. More than that, I am His adopted daughter. I am the little sister and servant of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, because He gave his life for me, and in turn I gave my life to Him. And all of these reasons make me priceless… invaluable… just like you.
Tomorrow, please return so I may finish telling you what God is teaching me about our value. Until then, remember that you are worth more than gold. For, you are God’s creation. He considers your value to be a little bit lower than the angels. Walk and live this day with assurance that you are worth much in God’s eyes. You matter.
Today’s question – Who are you trying most to be like? Why?
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