How Precious Are Your Thoughts About Yourself?

by Kristen Clark

One of my favorite scriptures is Psalm 139, which goes to great length to describe God’s love for us.  In fact, Bible teachers agree that of all the Psalms this one best illustrates God’s personal relationship with us; it reminds us that God sees everything about us, is constantly with us, created a plan for us, and is continually leading us to fulfill His plan.

I think all of this is best summed up in two short verses, Psalm 139:17-18, which read, “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.  They cannot be numbered!  I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!”

These two verses are short and sweet, but pose a few challenging questions.

  • How can God think so highly of wretches like us?
  • Are our thoughts about ourselves equally precious?
  • As children of the Most High King, why do we say things or behave in ways that suggest we are anything short of dearly loved, divinely blessed, and created for a noble purpose?

The answer to these questions can be found in 1 Corinthians 13:12, which reminds us that we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim or blurred reflection; our self-reflection (or self-image) is smudged or distorted.  This explains why we have a tendency to:

  • Quickly dismiss compliments
  • Feel like we have nothing to contribute or offer
  • Allow others to seize opportunities ahead of us
  • Worry about what others will think of us

Thankfully, life is a journey of progress and not perfection, and we can improve our blurred reflection by taking up the Sword of the Spirit.  We can find a healthy dose of just how much God loves us in the Bible and start to have as much respect for ourselves as God has for us.  We can begin to:

  • Celebrate compliments with grace and gratitude
  • Use our God-given gifts and talents to participate and contribute
  • Seize opportunities for ourselves, as God presents them
  • Embrace our divine worth and value so the approval of others will no longer be essential

In essence, by looking to the scriptures to understand how precious God’s thoughts are of us, we can begin to see ourselves with increased clarity and build confidence using God’s love as our foundation.

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