The Scripture that goes with today’s devotion from 100 Days to Brave has been a favorite of mine for a while. Actually, the whole of Psalm 139 is a favorite. It’s my go-to place when I think I can’t possibly be worth anything to God–that I’m not doing enough for His Kingdom, that I’m not wealthy enough, pretty enough, brave enough, slim enough–whatever “enough” that we humans use to compare ourselves to each other. God doesn’t want us doing that. He wants us to get our value from Him and Him alone.
It’s taken me a long time to separate making mistakes from thinking I am a mistake. I grew up thinking they were synonymous. Whenever I did something wrong, a label would be placed on me–either I would place the label, or someone else would place the label. And since we all make mistakes, it was easy to think I was a mistake. I carried those thoughts into my first years of faith and further. I thought I had to be “good enough” for God to count for anything in His Kingdom, and I managed that for a while. Legalism had taken up residence in my heart and mind. But, there was no way it could last. How could it? All of us make mistakes. Every single one of us. Anyway, I was rejected, and I left the church. I’ve shared some of that story with you all.
Today’s devotion separates the two. It talks about how God created us and how valuable we are to Him. This is the reason Psalm 139 is so meaningful to me. Verses 13-16 say, “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. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” We are not mistakes! It says it right there. We are not mistakes!
How is my previous statement related to the devotion and to bravery? This is where you can see the separation. The author says it better than anyone else so I’m going to quote her. I might even add this to the things I need to memorize. “I believe in the me God made and in the me God can make. I believe He made me on purpose and didn’t make any mistakes when it came to my creation. That makes me feel brave. And that is the place where I find my courage–knowing that while I am making mistakes, I am not a mistake. That is where you can find your courage too.” (100 Days to Brave, Annie F, Downs) I know there are many more pages of this devotional to go, but if that is not a hallmark statement of bravery in how my God sees me, I don’t know what is. We are all valuable to Him no matter what our families say, what our friends say, what people in the church say, and what the world says. My prayer is that we all can see our value to God, and in turn, show that value to someone else!
Praying God’s blessings on you all today!