We start diets and then stop, ultimately gaining more than we lost. We sit in front of the television after dinner instead of taking a walk around the block to get some exercise. We eat a bag of cookies, instead of reaching for something more filling and nutritious. We binge on Facebook feeds and late-night TV, instead of going to bed at a reasonable hour and getting the rest we need. And often, we kick ourselves.
Why? Why do we do this?
Because we don’t believe we’re awesome.
If we had the right environment as little children, we were thrilled with ourselves at every turn. Cheered along when we took our first step, said our first word, and reached other milestones, we believed that we could do and be anything.
But along the way to adulthood, we started losing our confidence, forgetting our self-worth, overlooking our capabilities. We started letting our failures create our identity. We let others convince us that we were less-than, that we were unworthy. And when the sneaking suspicion crept in that we could, just possibly, be awesome, we shut that thought down. Surely we should show some humility.
We stopped believing. We started operating on autopilot. We started thinking our decisions didn’t matter – at least not all of them. And pretty soon, before we knew it, we had given up a little more.
You know what? We weren’t created that way. We’ve just forgotten.
Yes, we all are imperfect. We’re human. We are not God.
But … still …
After creating the heavens and the earth, the light and the darkness, and every animal and bird and fish, God created us – important, wonderful, awesome us. Here’s how the chapter closes, in verse 31:
God thinks we are awesome.
Why don’t we have faith in that? And if we do, why don’t we always back it up with the sweat necessary to be our best selves, what God created us to be? We were created to live lives of meaning and purpose. Our bodies are miracle machines, capable of thinking and feeling, moving and growing and healing.
But we need the right conditions. Our decisions – our action and our inaction – provide either the right conditions, or the wrong conditions.
We do not have to be perfect, but we do have to pay attention.
How well do we think? What’s our mindset?
How well do we move? How well do we eat? How well do we sleep? How well do we love?
How well are we taking care of ourselves, this awesome creation made in the image of God?
God thinks we’re awesome.
Is it time to start living like it?
Do you believe that you’re awesome? Why or why not? How does that play out in your daily life? What one step can you take today to live into your awesomeness?
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