When someone makes you feel worthless, remember this

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Genesis 1:31 records after God created man, God looked over everything he had made and said, “it was so good, so very good!” In the Psalms we are told how God knit us together in our mothers wombs, how we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Think about that for a minute. Think about the intimacy of God in your mother’s womb, forming and shaping you, and then pausing and saying, "That is good work! I've made [fill in your name] well."

In the beginning God made you well. {Tweet This!}

Since my nephew was born with Down Syndrome I think about this often. It is easy to think that God made a mistake, but I think when God formed my nephew he looked at Noah and saw a man made well.

The more I think about this, the more my ideas about what it means to be made well – shaped in God's image – are challenged. Is Noah any less a reflection of God than me? 

I'm realising many of my thoughts about these things are more about my understanding of “good” or “well”. And often that understanding has led to me believing that “good” or “well” are simply synonyms for perfect. 

This week my friend Nelet wrote this:
There are few words to verbalise what I feel right now.


At peoples ignorance. At peoples lack of respect. At peoples ability to make someone feel so worthless. 

I stutter. That's it. Nothing major. It’s like some people have curly hair. Others have red hair. Some have long legs. I stutter.

I've been stuttering for as long as I can remember. I don't know why, and no, speech therapy didn't help. I gave up speech therapy at the age of 12 and never looked back. 

This is me: made by God. 

I'm not perfect but I know how I was made: I know my strengths and my weaknesses. I know what my body can do and I suspect God made me with a stutter to teach me patience, because – eish, I have none of that. 

The beautiful thing is I like who I am: my strong legs. My stutter, my ability to go into survival mode when crises strike. 

I know what my body can endure: I know that I can carry a backpack for weeks; through a new country. I know I can climb hills to white temples in Pokhara. I know my body handles long work days well. I know I can swim for miles between islands off the coast of Tanzania. 

And God created my body. Just like he created me with my stutter. 

Genesis 1:27 - So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

What you need to remember
I don't know what people have seen in you that they've laughed at, ridiculed, or made you feel worthless for. I don't know why people have tried to say you aren't made in the image of God. But I'm sure you can put your finger on it in less than a minute.

What I do know is that God is singing over you louder than all those people making you feel worthless and he is singing:
Beloved, you are made well.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made in my image.
What I see is good, so very good.
You are mine and you are loved.

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When someone makes you feel worthless, remember this by @wendyvaneyck {Tweet This!}


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