For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful… Psalm 139:13-14
Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought to yourself, “Ugh–you again!” Have you ever been disappointed at what you see staring back at you?
Maybe I’m all alone in this, but there are some days I have to remind myself that the person staring back at me is unique, one-of-a-kind, and divinely designed in the image of God. If you have ever doubted your self-worth and self-image, know this…
You are not common.
The word common according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary has two meanings. It can mean occurring or “appearing frequently; not rare”, and it can also mean “belonging to or shared by two or more people or groups” (source).
In the first definition, you are NOT common, because you ARE rare. There are no clones of you running around. There is only one you.
You are beautiful. You have incredible gifts. You are God’s masterpiece.
Psalm 139:14 describes your uniqueness perfectly:
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
The second definition of common is where we live, breathe and love others in community. A place of belonging. We share many things in common with our brothers and sisters in Christ because we are ALL uniquely made in the image of our Lord and Savior. We all need love, forgiveness, acceptance, and grace.
This is a beautiful common ground we all share.
The thing is, we need both definitions of the word. We need to celebrate our uniqueness, and link arms with our communities and celebrate our differences and the things we have in common. The world we live in wants to divide us because of our uniqueness. The enemy wants to keep us from living in true unity. Some people wants us to separate rather than celebrate the fact that we are ALL humans made in the beautiful, glorious image of God.
But we serve a God who is bigger.
A God who loves us uniquely and individually, and calls us all to his magnificent kingdom. No matter our differences, we have so much more in common. [bctt tweet=”No matter our differences, we have so much more in common.” username=””]
And He beckons us all to come.
The next time you look in the mirror, remind yourself that you are His.
You are a rare and precious jewel.
You are clothed with Christ. You are covered in his grace. You are complete in him. [bctt tweet=”You are clothed with Christ. You are covered in his grace. You are complete in him.” username=””]
Celebrate your unique design by contemplating the truth of these five verses:
- You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
- You are a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9).
- You are His masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10).
- You are gifted (1 Peter 4:10).
- You are beautifully made in His image (Genesis 1:27).
Can you hear the sweet love letter from your Father?
Remind yourself of these truths every day. Then go and celebrate the uniqueness of others. Share with those around you that they are also masterpieces made in His image.
And that we are all welcome in his kingdom.
Here is a free printable you can print off to hang up and remind yourself that you are a unique, beautiful daughter of the King. Just click on the image of your choice. Hope you enjoy!
Linking with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday! This week’s prompt: common.