Before life happened, before we started to worry about what we looked like, before we began to measure ourselves up, before we were hurt, before we felt like we had to prove something... wasn't it nice to be a kid?
Stop. If you believe in Christ, you are God's own child. There is nothing you can do to be in this Kid-of-God Club, you just are! When you say you aren't good enough, or you are willing to compromise what you believe to fit in, you're disagreeing with God, second-guessing His taste. You are telling Him, the Master of the universe, that what He did is not good enough. Because Jesus died on the cross for your sins, God sees you as innocent once again, like the child you once were (better, even!). Because you matter to Him, and there's nothing you can do about it.
So what now? Look at yourself in a mirror. What does God see in you? He sees His child. If you have one of those crayons that works on glass (or a dry-wipe marker), write on the mirror: 'I matter, because God loves me.' Say it out loud. You matter. Because God loves you.
SoulFood: Matt 4:21-22, Matt 17:19, John 19:25-27, John 21:20-24 (Faith hero: John)
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by RBG New Zealand. 2011 UCB International Ltd