How we perceive ourselves has either lifted us to heights of achievement or stifled our growth immeasurably. The Psalmist asks a powerful question in Psalm eight.
“What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,” (Psa 8:4-6 NASB)
Over the next few blogs I want us to think about all this. I begin today by sharing with you a beautiful piece of creative writing that I received from one of my students Mary-Jane Jones (Grade ten). What she says is both beautiful and powerful. And illustrates an understanding that she knows that God has created deep beauty in all of us, if we would but see it.
“Someone once told me that to be beautiful I had to have a pretty face. But I believe that beauty is not defined by what’s skin deep. Beauty lies within our souls, and the lives we touch by simply being on this earth. People need to realize that a mirror does not dictate our worth. I wonder where people learned that beauty is not about everything that lies within, but all about what lies upon our skin. What if I told you the very definition of beautiful is, “pleasing to the sense or mind.” Yet people let the world tell them how beauty is defined. Some of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met may not have had the most alluring face. However, they had the most exquisite mind and a quiet sort of grace.
Someone also once told me that it’s better to fit in than to stand out, and be judged for it. However, what they don’t realize is that if you flick through the history books, you’ll find that the world is changed by the ones who didn’t entirely fit in. The world is changed by the ones who were a bit out of their mind, and not afraid to smile at the unknown with a wondrous sort of grin. What people need to understand, is that there’s never been anyone like you in all of time and space. So why would you want to fit in instead of being who you are? That’s like playing a game of cards, and throwing away your ace. Be who you are, and don’t be afraid to stand out, because being like everyone else is not what life’s all about.” (Mary-Jane Jones)
“For God so loved the World He gave his one and only Son.”