Monday, March 21, 2011

On a Scale of 1 to 10

Why are humans so critical? Do we truly believe we have any right to rate a person's appearance? Gorgeous, beautiful, pretty, okay, ugly...
We say things like, "On a scale of 1 to 10, what do you think he/she is?"
Who do we really think we are?
Genesis 1: 27 clearly states, "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female He created them."
If we were ALL created in the image of God, who are we to decide whether or not a person is attractive or pretty?! How do you think that makes God feel?
Imagine you painted me three pictures, one was outstanding, two was okay, and three was downright awful. How would it make you feel for me to tell you that some of your work was good but others were horrible?
I can guess what you would be thinking. First, it would be something of hurt, "Wow, thanks a lot," then it would shift to something more like, "According to you it may not be good but since when do you set the standards?"
Exactly my point.
Since when do we set the standards for God's creation?
I believe that God looks at us when we rate His creation and says, "According to who's standard?"
Genesis 1: 31 "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good."

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Even the Birds of the air...

Today, I was looking out my window at thick white blanket covering the ground. Ice and snow are abundant this time of year.
A time when life beyond the security of our homes seems nonexistent.
As I gazed out into the lifeless white world surrounding me, I was amazed to see a bird fly within feet of my window and land in the snow. Not only was the bird living in this snow storm but he was plump, a sign that he was well fed. During a time when this part of the earth feels eerie and cold-physically and mentally-I was reminded of the Lord's provision.
Matthew 6:26 says, "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"
Our heavenly Father is looking out for even the birds of the air. Matthew 6:31-32 continues on saying, "So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them."
I think it is time we look at the birds of the air, knowing that our heavenly Father cares for them, so how much more will He care for us, His children? Our heavenly Father knows what we need!
I cannot answer for you, but this gives me so much peace.