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, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)
I created you. I made you. I put you together. You are one of my masterpieces. I have given you gifts and talents and abilities with which you can serve me. You can bear abundant fruit for my kingdom. You can bring glory to my name. What do you think about what I have just said to you? What do you want me to think about what you said to me? Are you thankful for the way that I have created you? Are you pleased with the way that I have put you together? Do you believe that you truly are one of my masterpieces? Do you know that I have given you gifts and talents and abilities with which you can serve me? Are you certain that you can bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? This is a lot to take into my heart and mind and life. Yes, it is.
Why is it important for you to take all of these thoughts into your heart and mind and life? I have been looking around. At what? I have been comparing myself with others. Has that been helpful to you? No, not at all, I have envied the way that you have created, made and put others together. I have wanted what you haven’t given to me. Why is that a problem? If I live envying others, I will never be thankful for what you have given to me. I will never come to accept the fact that you have created and made and put me together as one of your masterpieces. I will live with doubt. I will be filled with regret. I will live with despair. I will always wish that I could have been and could have done much more in life. I will live an unhappy and dissatisfied life. That is a big problem isn’t it? Yes, it is. That isn’t the only problem is it? No, if I’m not grateful for how you have made me, it is unlikely that I will ever fully develop and use all the gifts and talents and abilities that you have given to me. I will not bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. I will not bring glory to your name. I will never fully live the life that you have called me to live. So, what will you do? I will give you thanks and praise to you for how you have created, made and put me together. I will believe that I am one of your masterpieces. I will fully use all the gifts and talents and abilities that you have given to me. With your help, I will bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. That will be very good.
Father, thank you for putting me together in my mother’s womb. You made me to be a masterpiece according to your purposes and plans. You have given me gifts, talents, and abilities to use to serve you. Help me to bear abundant fruit for your kingdom. Amen
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