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Topic: Design (01/19/04)
TITLE: Mirror, Mirror
By Ann Marie Lindenmeyer
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At that time, I didn't know Jesus. Yes, I had heard of him, of course. Hearing about Jesus Christ, and knowing him are two completely different things. Praying and going to church or committing ones life to Jesus Christ are also two completely different things. Man, was I up in the clouds for a long time.
Our society places so much pressure on our appearance, the ability to succeed and achieve higher status, and to be better than the rest. I learned so many bad lessons while growing up and developed patterns that I am still fighting against. Self image, needing to be the absolute best at everything I do, and putting myself down when perfection isn't reached, are all major issues I fight. What would I have done if I hadn't found that door to Jesus and opened it?
I never understood that I had been perfectly created by God by his perfect plan. He designed me to be the one and only one just like ‘me.' He gave me gifts and talents to use to further His kingdom and to serve Him graciously for His pleasure. I am His wonderful creation.
I wish I could feel that way every day of my life, but my past patterns disrupt my knowledge of God's perfect design. I wish I could stop letting Satan trap me into his dark place over and over again, but temptations are all around every one of us, that's why there is forgiveness. I wish I could live out God's perfect plan and purpose for me without so many unanswered questions, but God is patient. God is waiting for me to face my trials and stand by my side when I do fail, even if I do it over and over again.
I am so thankful that God has shown me how wonderful life can be living for Him. During difficult times it is still wonderful to face them with Him by my side. He designed me with those flaws, imperfections, and shortcomings, so I can grow and become a stronger person each step I take to further my faith.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for creating me. Please give me the strength to serve you, Lord. I give my life to you. Each person, and every thing in this world was created by your design. I am thankful for so many beautiful things of this world and am thankful for the blessings you have bestowed upon my life. Please reassure me and comfort me when I want perfection from myself. Guide me in my ways so that I may serve your kingdom. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Copyright 2004, Ann Marie "Ree" Brown.