“Hefty! Hefty! Hefty!” she bellowed. For emphasis, she pounded on all three desks surrounding me, including her own. The other girls started to giggle. I knew it was coming. I could see the flash of cruelty in her eyes.
“Wimpy! Wimpy! Wimpy!” she declared as she pounded three times on my desk. Giggling erupted from the girls in our corner of the 3rd grade classroom.
I rolled my eyes. It was mean but most of all, I thought it was stupid. This girl had set her sites on knobby kneed, curly haired, freckle faced, me. I was not happy about it. I turned my head towards the teacher and ignored her. I wouldn’t give her the satisfaction of shaking me.
This mean girl wrote on my heart that day. Not because what she said was truth but because I wanted her to like me. Yes, even her.
We all want to be liked. What others say about us, is important to us. We mull it over, stew on it, and often times, keep it. Even if it doesn’t hold any truth. Because we fear that it might hold just a thimble of truth about us and who we are.
What we often fail to remember is, it’s not what others say about us that matters.
What God says about me matters.
God says He created our inmost being and knit us in our mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13 ).
He created some to be the hefty and others to be the wimpy. I don’t mind being the wimpy when I think about David and Goliath . David was the wimpy. He didn’t stand a chance against a giant like Goliath but David knew that he was created by God and his stature didn’t matter in this battle.
We are who God says we are. When life starts to throw me messages that I know aren’t God’s truth, I am going to think on Psalm 139:13 because God’s word is truth.
I will never be enough in this world.
A good enough writer.
Have a big enough house.
The list goes on.
I am going to be who God says I am.
I love the phrase: God doesn’t make garbage. It’s a great reminder of God’s promises to us.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Declares the LORD. Did you see that? Declares the LORD. The One and Only says He has plans to give you a hope and a future. How can you go wrong?
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