Masterpiece

March 2, 2011

“I am God’s original masterpiece.”

I listened as each middle school student seated in my circle declared this. Some said it with big smiles, like they were finally able to tell a secret. Others stated it with all the certainty of shaking a magic 8 ball.

“Becky, you are God’s original masterpiece!” one of the students offered to me.

“Thank you,” I replied.

I’m encouraging these students to believe this about themselves, and there are many days when I’m not sure it’s true about me, I considered to myself.

Our youth and the youth from four other churches came together in Henderson for a retreat this past weekend. The first day, we considered and studied and discussed ideas relating to how God creates each of us uniquely and purposefully.

It’s a message that we can never hear too many times because we live in a world that causes us to continually forget that we are molded and formed by a God who loves us and creates us each for a purpose. We are not just a thing. We are SOMETHING, a masterpiece–an original masterpiece.

When I worked with the Fort Wayne Urban Ministry, we had children memorize Psalm 139:14:

I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me.
Everything you do is marvelous,
I know that for sure!

The problem comes when we forget to be sure about the wonderful way God created us.

We hear someone say something mean to us or about us.

We learn to measure ourselves, our bodies, our features against actors, models and magazine ideals.

We get cut when we try out for sports, we are belittled by a teacher, we notice that a friend is better at this or that…

..and we forget. We forget that everything God does and everything God makes is marvelous. We have to remind ourselves and we need to remind each other.

Don’t ever believe that you are worthless. You were created by God–unique, beautiful, wonderful, amazing.

You are God’s original masterpiece.

One response to Masterpiece

  1. Thank you for sharing this! Elizabeth made me so proud as I over heard her telling some of her friends, "God doesn't make junk. He made you perfect because everything He does is perfect. AND you're priceless because you're one-of-a-kind." I know she forgets this about herself, but I know she listened and heard truth.
    Thank you for loving young people and meeting them where ever they may be.