“Why did God have to make me like this?” Is it just me, or does anybody else ever have days where you wonder that? Why did He make me so clumsy, so fearful, so conversationally awkward, so easily stressed-out?
But wait just a duckle-headed minute!
What defines a person? Is it their faults, or their qualities? Or…here’s an idea… What if we are defined by Christ? What if, instead of being labeled by all the dumb things we’ve done, or the sins we struggle with, we’re defined by Christ’s opinion of us? What if instead of being known as clumsy, fearful, stupid, or awkward, or whatever, we thought of ourselves as (sinful, yes, but) beautiful, loved, precious children of God? Like a song I’ve been listening to lately:
You are more than the choices that you’ve made. You are more than the sum of your past mistakes. You are more than the problems you create – you’ve been remade.”
~ You are More, Tenth Avenue North
Our faults don’t define us. Christ does. But our faults are there to turn us to Him, and to remind us that as long as we are on this earth, we will never reach perfection. God made us the way He did to teach us, and to use our struggles to draw us closer to Him. So who you are should not be cause for despair, but hope. You are who you are because God uses your struggles to refine you and make you more like Christ. Who you are is a work in progress. It’s a work of art, a beautiful masterpiece.