Psalm 139:14 says “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” This is a good verse to remind me every morning that God is GOOD. Despite my mistakes, He has made me in His good image.
The clothes we wear, the tattoos we have, or the jewelry we wear do not decide our worth. A twenty dollar bill marked up with stamps, written on, and drawn all over is still worth twenty dollars because of the image of US President Andrew Jackson on the front of the bill. Throughout the world and the different nations, currency has different values and that value cannot be destroyed. But even the value of our currency is man-assigned and of THIS world. Our worth goes beyond this world, for our worth is not determined by us or anything we do! In the eternal kingdom, the dollars we use are worthless, but because we were created for the eternal kingdom, we are invaluable! Genesis 1:28 tells us that our Father has created us in his image to “have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” But more importantly, God has enabled us to overcome sin through Him. Our worth is determined from the one who created us: the Lord our Father.
What worries me are not the articles of clothing I wear but the scars I may have. A few years ago I made a terrible mistake. I was drinking alcohol excessively and had not one care for the consequences. I would drive dangerously under the influence of alcohol and it was scary. Late one night after I had been drinking for hours, I got into my car and started the ignition. I backed up, pulled out of the parking lot, and was immediately pulled over. I was sitting in my car with the police lights illuminating the whole street. I failed a field sobriety test and was arrested. My thoughts while in the police car ranged from, “How could I be this dumb?” to “What will my friends think of me now?” As crazy as this may sound, I’m so thankful that I did get pulled over right as I left the parking lot and was arrested. I’m so thankful that I didn’t endanger the lives of anyone on the roads. I had my driver’s license taken away and lost the job I had at the time. I was so worried about what people would think of me. “Just another mistake and failure to further people’s thoughts of me not being a good person.” But that wasn’t God’s plan. God’s plan was for me to overcome this bad habit and learn from my mistake so I could become stronger and grow closer to our Father.
Over the next few years, I had to attend AA meetings, complete community service hours, and rely on the strength from God to overcome the consequences from my mistake. It wasn’t the end of me. With God’s love and compassion, I didn’t allow that mistake to take over my life and let it define me in a negative light.
I let God define me, for He has makes me stronger. He has made me in His image. He has created me and crafted me.
I have made many mistakes and have many different types of physical and emotional scars due to those mistakes. I worry that the scars will make me less of a person, but I thank God that it’s in His image I was created and He cannot be tainted. Jeremiah 1:5 tells us “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
We all have made mistakes. We all have scars. That’s not what makes us. The Lord our Father created us and wants us to spread the good news to all people. Through the mistakes I smile. Through the scars I continue. I’m not the first to make a mistake and I won’t be the last. Through these words I pray you learn of the worth our Creator and Father has placed in each of us. We are His works of art. I hope this small part of my ongoing story blesses you in some way.
In His image,
Miles Dela Cruz (Technology Manager, Assistant Mentor)