The early afternoon sun was intense today; I went walking anyway. A dull, annoying pain in my right thigh was begging for attention. I walked and prayed for the pain to go away. No, actually I asked the Lord to heal it. I don’t know what happened, but the pain dissipated and finally disappeared. I looked into the blue sky; clouds flitted here and there. Picking up the pace, throwing my shoulders back I felt really, happy, “Thank you Lord for making me beautiful. Thank you that I can walk. I feel powerful.”
You are too, you know! Have you thought recently about how privileged you are to be created in God’s image? “And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us . . .;” (Psalm 90.) What is beauty? It’s agreeableness, grace, splendor that you can choose to “wear” because you are created to be privileged and have positive influence.
Sure, we’re not perfect, but what’s to hinder you and me from polishing the character on the inside and the beauty and strength on the outside. Every one of us can learn and grow. We have a lifetime to invest toward becoming all we are created to be. I’m sixty-nine, “If you hide your age the terrorists win.” (That’s a book I dislike, but the title is great). I am making a hobby of growing every possible way: spiritual, physical and mental. I stretch every body part for limberness, and stretch my mind and spirit accumulating knowledge and growing to distinguish more and more who I am created to be.
Have you grown discouraged with who you are? Don’t be hard on yourself; and remember even if yesterday is gone you have today! You are potentially powerful and influential. You are who He created you to be; work on “You”.
And, you have the LORD, how cool is that?