SELF-ACCEPTANCE

Each week, as I sit in my office listening to women pour their hearts out, I realize more and more they just don't know whose they are, why their here and where they fit into society. Psalm 100:3 says, "Know (perceive, recognize, and understand with approval) that the Lord is God! It is He Who has made us, not we ourselves (and we are His)!

The more we learn about how we were formed in the womb, the more we realize how precise and accurate the Word of God really is. Psalm 139:14-18 confirms that God has a purpose for every detail of our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual development. I am God's workmanship..., (Ephesians 2:10). The Greek word for workmanship is poiema, "a work of art," "a product that is designed." It is from this word that the word poem is derived. Therefore, I am God's "poem," expressing His deepest thoughts and truths. Suppose for a moment that the canvas upon which the artist painted had a will of its own and was able to say, "I dislike these colors. I will reject them." In rejecting the colors, the canvas is rejecting the inward message and purpose of its designer. In the same way, we reject our Creator and His message and purposes in and through our life when we reject the features that He has designed for us. Rejecting God's design often produces a floating bitterness. An angry outburst such as "I hate myself" or "I hate life" is in reality a bitter reaction toward God. Self-acceptance involves more than a once-for-all decision. Self-acceptance is seeing God's design for me. Self-acceptance comes by recognizing that God has only begun His creative work in and through me and that He is not finished with me yet. Philippians 1:6 - "Being confident of this very thing, that He which has begun a good work in me...will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ". A piece of wisdom: If you are struggling to accept yourself the way you are, begin each day by being thankful to God: "Thank you for the way that You made me," "Thank you for the special purposes that You gave to me," "Thank you for the country and town in which You allowed me to be born." "Thank you for selecting this time in history to bring me into the world," "Thank you for my parents." "Thank you for the growing reminders that my life is but a vapor, and that I must make the best use of each day."

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