The Gift

As you rise from bed this morning, there is a gift which awaits.  It is more than you can imagine and yet, passed by most every single day.  There is so much potential in this gift – more than any of us realize.  We are reluctant to consider this a gift – feeling this can be more of a burden some days.  Yet, there is so much brimming to the surface, just waiting to be reached.  The gift?  The gift is staring you in the mirror.  The gift is YOU.

You are God’s gift.  He created you with amazing talents.  He only created one of you.  You are uniquely and wonderfully made.  He sees more potential in you than you could ever imagine.  He knows your heart.  He knows your abilities.  He also knows your fears, your worries, and your anxieties.  He sees the good in you, even if you don’t see it in yourself.  He doesn’t see a mistake.  Instead, he sees the gift you are and how you are growing and learning.  He sees just how extraordinary you really are.

We often just see wrinkles and scars, weight and bad hair.  We are blinded by our failures.  We see all the times we have failed.  God sees how many times we have risen.  We can easily fail to see the beauty.  It begins on the surface but sinks all the way down deep in our core.  We are beautifully made.  God sees us as his child.  He sees the good.  

What if we took just a moment to see ourselves as God does?  What if we saw the potential rather than the limitations?  What if we saw the beauty rather than the imperfections?  What if we saw ourselves as his beloved rather than the outcast?  May God give you eyes to see just how amazing you really are.  May he show you how much you are loved.  May you realize YOU are the gift.  

1 Corinthians 15

57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Psalm 139

13 For it was you who formed my inward parts;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
    Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.

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