I read this saying a few years ago and I wanted share it again for this blog post.
The picture you have of yourself
will affect you more than the picture
you have of God.
When I first read it….I was like this is so true. Our own self-portrait can get in the way of how God pictures us.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret. (Psalm 139:13-15 ESV Bible)
That section of scripture from the Book of Psalms is very popular and taught in many churches. However, I wanted to highlight the part where David says, I’m fearfully and wonderfully made.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in our society (Christians and non-Christians) who don’t think they are fearfully and wonderfully made by God.
Their self-portrait is one of denial or disgust or contempt or cynicism or narcissism. That’s a shame. Because, if God is our creator wouldn’t he knows us better than we know ourselves?
I realize there are a lot of different portraits for people from like parents, siblings, family members, friends, teachers, employers, therapists, self-help gurus, and even pastors. But those people’s portraits will never matter if you don’t believe how God pictures you.
What is your self-portrait? And just remember the one Who Is and the one Who Will Come still pictures us better than we can ever imagine.