I've been thinking about my One Word 365 word "Gentle" more as of late. Perhaps because I have such a tender heart and sometimes that tender heart is so easily bruised, broken, etc.
I often find myself upset or sad because I let my tender heart get in the way. But the thing is, as a friend, reminded me, my tender heart was created by God. God meant for me to have this heart!
Well duh....isn't that the truth? God DID make me with this tender heart. My heart was "fearfully and wonderfully made" by God. What a beautiful amazing gift that is!!!
But some days/weeks that is harder to see when my tender heart is hurting or when it's been bruised. It is especially during those times that God calls me (calls all of us) to be "gentle" with ourselves. God says, "You are who you are because I made you that way. I know every hair upon your head. I know exactly who you are!"
Wow! But that's the beautiful gift of who we are! God created each of us and knows our every fiber. God wants us to be "gentle" with those pieces of ourselves that we see as our weaknesses. Because I truly think when it all comes down to it, God sees our weaknesses as our strengths.
It is like a potter with clay who molds and shapes his/her pottery. God has done the same for us. God's hands molded us into who we are.
So my friends, as I hear God say these words to me, also hear God saying them to you as well: "You are fearfully and wonderfully made! I made you exactly the way you are and I don't want you to ever forget that. I love you and made you who you are!"
My friends, may we continually remind each other that we are and have been "fearfully and wonderfully made" by God; the master potter.