By: Gail Armatys
There is a new book out entitled, The Better Man Project. The sub-title is Tips and Techniques That Will Flatten Your Belly, Sharpen Your Mind and Keep you Healthy and Happy for Life! I haven’t read it but I suppose there are many useful tips included…especially if you are a man…and if you actually applied it to your life.
More interesting to me than the tips is the implied message. It strongly suggests, ‘You might be okay, even good…but you aren’t quite good enough. You must be better!’ As if any of us; man, woman or child, needs a reminder.
Taking God’s Perspective
Rather than looking at our good enough~ness from the self-help, healthy, and mindful point of view, let’s look at it from God’s perspective. Then, let’s apply what we learn and live like we believe what God tells us ~ as much as ~ or hopefully more than, we believe other tips and tricks.
The title of our book now becomes, The Truly You Purpose Project. The sub-title reads, Truths That Reveal You are a Child of Sacred Worth, You are Loved, and God has a Plan and Purpose for Your Life! These truths come from one verse in the book of Jeremiah.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
Before you were born I set you apart,
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
In one, three-line verse we find four foundational truths. Let’s focus on one truth at a time over the next four weeks. They deserve that much attention, and so do you!
Truth Tip #1
Acknowledge Your Creator ~ Accept Your Sacred Worth
We’ve read the story of creation in Genesis. It is clear that God is Creator…of everything. Even you. He wanted you to exist. He gave you his very breath. Yet, when it comes to accepting that you are wanted and created by God, things suddenly become a bit muddled. You know in your head you are his creation, but do you think, speak, act and live like you believe it?
Before I formed you in the womb…
God claims ownership of Jeremiah as his creator when stating he ‘formed’ him. This tells us two things. Like Jeremiah,
- we belong to God.
- we are created to bring him pleasure.
Owners find value in their possessions. Artists, crafters, and creators find beauty and joy in their creations. If we, as humans, discover joy and value in our earthly possessions and creations, how much more must God find it in us?
Beauty Beyond Skin Deep
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
But a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
The Proverbs 31 woman…the one we admire and aspire to be…this noble and adored woman knows the secret to her worth.
News flash…it’s not her beauty.
Not much has changed over the lifespan of human existence. We realize beauty is fleeting yet when we think of self-worth the word ‘beauty’ is always the headline in our minds. We just can’t shake the thought that we don’t measure up.
Dove Corporation, the soap and beauty product Company, recently conducted a study called the ‘Real Truth About Beauty Revisited’ and found:
- Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful (up from 2% in 2004)
- Only 11% of girls globally are comfortable describing themselves as ‘beautiful’
- 72% of girls feel tremendous pressure to be beautiful
- 80% of women agree that every woman has something about her that is beautiful but do not see their own beauty
- More than half (54%) of women globally agree that when it comes to how they look, they are their own worst beauty critic.
If we equate worth with beauty, and if the Dove research is true, we women believe we are of little value. I suspect if you ask yourself the questions above, you ~ like me ~ will find yourself in agreement with most or all of these responses.
I won’t lead you astray. I like to play with makeup, age-defying lotions, and fashion. It’s fun and can indeed boost my confidence…temporarily…on the surface, but not in my soul. Having experienced the place of ‘not god enough’ and having played the comparison games, I’ve learned I must lay my beauty god at Jesus’ feet and remember who wanted me and created me to be his possession. My worth ~ your worth is more than skin deep, it penetrates heart and soul.
Your Sacred Worth
But what about your sin? The scars of sin cannot diminish the beauty of Christ within. When you clothe ourself in the red robe of his love, you add sacred to your worth. You, Sister, are a child of sacred worth.
God’s truth is this: no matter your size, shape, age, or sin. No matter the lotion, lip-gloss, and mascara. No matter your laugh lines and angel kisses ~ you are his idea. His creation. By this fact alone, you are of great worth. By the sacrifice of Jesus, your worth becomes sacred.
Acknowledge your creator. Accept your sacred worth.
Be truly you.
Thank you, God, for coming up with the idea of me. Help me accept that I am wanted, beautiful, and worthy! Help me to be truly me. In Jesus’ name ~ Amen.
You are of sacred worth. Apply this Truth Tip to your life like a luxurious cream each morning as you rise and each evening before your head hits the pillow.
Truth Tip #2 Next Week ~ Accept That God Knows You
Listen to Your Heartsong Here!