14I give thanks to you
that I was marvelously set apart.
Your works are wonderful--
I know that very well.
In Genesis 2, it talks about how God made Adam from the dust of the ground, and how Eve was carved from one of Adam's ribs.
Check that out: we are each a hand-made creation of God. Your life, your existence, is not some kind of a freak accident or a lucky chance. You were created on purpose, carefully and lovingly by God.
Did you ever make something for somebody as a birthday or Christmas gift? You were motivated to make the gift because you really loved the person you were giving it to. You spent a lot of time on it, carefully putting it together. You worked hard on it, and when it was done, you were proud of it. And the person you gave it to was just delighted because they realized how hard you worked and how much you loved them.
Now, imagine how it would have been if that person had responded by saying stuff like, "Gee, why'd you make it that color?" or, "It would have been better if you made it bigger." How would you have felt?
When I was in school, I spent a lot of time doing exactly the same thing to God. I always wished I was better looking and funnier and tougher. It took me a long time to believe what it says in today's Scripture verse, that God's works are wonderful. Just like God made the beautiful mountain ranges and the awe inspiring sunsets, God made me. And God made you in the same wonderful way.
I still, every now and then, wish I was smarter or more athletic. But I've come to realize that God is perfect and doesn't make anything that's wrong or worthless. God made me by hand and thinks that I'm just fine. And I figure, if I'm good enough for God, I'm good enough for me.
Spend some time in prayer now, thanking God for the gift of your life. Praise God for the blessings you've been given.
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