We women have a tendency to look very closely at ourselves and always come up short.
My hair is too curly.
My hair is too straight.
My thighs are too fat.
My boobs are too small.
My house isn’t clean enough.
I spend too much time cleaning.
I’m too disorganized.
I procrastinate too much.
And on, and on, and on…
Today’s Psalm shines a spotlight on how our Heavenly Father would like us to think of ourselves.
“You formed my inmost being;
You knit me in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, so wonderfully you made me;
Wonderful are your works!” Psa 139:13-14
I’ve heard women say, “We talk so badly about ourselves. How would you feel if you heard your daughter talking about herself in that way?”
There’s so much truth in those words. So, how must our Father feel – He who made us, knit us in our mothers’ wombs – when He hears His daughters tearing themselves apart?
How about, next time you want to criticize yourself, you instead say,
“My [blank] seems too [blank] but God made me and I know that I am beautiful in His eyes!”
Of course, there are some things that we can change, and that we should change. Changes that would make us more Christ-like, and better servants of God. After all, today’s reading in Isaiah reminds us, “It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant…” (49:6) Of course, this is a foretelling of Christ’s mission to the Gentiles, but it is also a message to today’s reader – that we must always continue to change, grow, become better, and do more in our service as Christians.
Thus, for those things that are changeable and change-worthy, how about next time you catch yourself giving way to criticism of yourself, you add a little prayer at the end:
“I am so disorganized.”
(that’s where you’d normally stop, or where you’d give yourself several examples of your inadequacies. Now here’s the part to add:)
“God, I know that you formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works!
Lord, I believe that my disorganization [or other inadequacy]
prevents me from being all that you made me to be.
Please help me become more organized [you get the picture]
so that I may serve you better.”