And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion…So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:26-27 (KJV)
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee…How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. Psalm 139:14-18
Mark showed me unconditional love and respect for the first time in my life except for my grandparents. After high school graduation I went to a state college and Mark went to a local one. During the next two years I was shown respect and consideration from my peers and teachers that began to heal my wounded self-image. Maybe, I was not as damaged as I previously thought! All these people could not be wrong.
My maternal grandmother passed to Glory during my freshman year and I was devastated but college life went rapidly on. Mark visited frequently and our telephone conversations got so long his father threatened to make him pay the telephone bill! The physical distance between us made our time together more precious.
Prayer: Lord, help us to see ourselves as you see us.
Thought: Have those closest to you convinced you that you are less than what the Lord thinks of you? Is their “truth” more valuable than the truth (the Bible)? Read Ephesians chapter one and the prayer in Ephesians 2:14-21 to begin understanding who you are in Christ! He loves you with an everlasting, unconditional love not because of what you do but because He is God and you are His.