Have you ever made something?  Like painted a picture or formed something out of clay?  Or planted flowers in a garden outside?  It’s so fun to make something and then enjoy its beauty and the satisfaction of having made something so neat.

I remember when my kids were young and we liked to play with Play-Do.  One day the craft store had special clay that we bought and formed into little creations and then baked them to keep forever.  That was so much fun!  Both the creating part and the enjoying our creation part.  We all took very good care of those special little clay creations.  We had carefully crafted them just the way we wanted them to be.  And they were ours.

I love Psalm 139:14-16, “I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.  Your works are wonderful and I know this very well.  My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began,” (CSB).

I can just imagine God thinking about each one of us individually and forming us and making a plan for us.  Just like my kids and I did when we made our special clay creations.  Mine was a blue teddy bear.  It was delightful!

The other day I read about a 13-year-old girl who asked a popular magazine for teen girls to put just one untouched photo of a girl in each issue.  An employee of this magazine replied that they could not do that because if they did then their teen girl readers would not purchase the products being sold in the magazine in an attempt to look like those models.  I think that employee was very brave to come out and say that.  But how I wish that they would do what this girl has asked.  To let girls see that even the models themselves don’t really look like those pictures.  And maybe they would see that they are beautiful just the way that God has created them.  That they would find their value in the way that God sees them.

I suppose we all have to consider who we will listen to.  Will we listen to what our culture and the media says about us?  Or will we choose to listen to what God says about us?  Jesus said in John 10:10, “A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy.  I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance,” (CSB).  Satan will lie to us.  Just like those touched up magazine photos.

God has remarkably and wonderfully made you.  And He has a plan for you.  If my kids and I enjoyed our simple clay creations, just imagine how much joy you bring to God!

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