By Andrea Merrell
But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God?
Will the thing formed say to him who formed it,
"Why have you made me like this?"
Does not the potter have power over the clay,
from the same lump to make one vessel
for honor and another for dishonor:
Romans (:20-21 NKJV
We all know the Bible says “Judge not.” In other words, don’t put yourself in the position of judge over people, situations, and even yourself.
I’ve been guilty of all three, especially the latter. I’ve moaned and complained more times than I can count.
It seems we’re never satisfied. If we have curly hair, we’d prefer it to be straight. If we’re short, we want to be tall. If we’re musical, we’d rather be athletic—and vice versa.
It’s taken me a long time to realize that when we give God our laundry list of all the things we don’t like about ourselves, we dishonor the One who created us. The creation railing against the Creator. The sheep telling the Shepherd how to do his job. The clay instructing the potter.
God knew exactly what He was doing when He formed each of us in our mother’s womb. We are unique. Special. One of a kind. God breathed the breath of life into us with a plan and purpose that could be fulfilled by no one else.
I’m not saying that I never complain anymore, but I’m certainly working on it. I love this quote by Barbara Walters that I read in a book many years ago: “I am who I am. I look like I look. I am my age.”
Wise words to live by. I think I’ll try it. How about you?
(Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net and Stuart Miles.)
Giving God our list of all the things we don’t like about ourselves dishonors our Creator. It’s the clay instructing the potter … the sheep telling the Shepherd how to do His job. Via @AndreaMerrell (Click to tweet.)
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