“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14, NIV)
It was a beautiful spring day as I took my morning walk. Traveling my usual route, I noticed a most peculiar sight as I walked along a neighbor’s fence. Perched atop the planks was a squirrel which was missing nearly his entire tail. It wasn’t merely thin from having been plucked to make a nest. Rather, it was nothing more than a two-inch long stub. Poor squirrel! I shudder to think how he must have lost his tail and wonder if he felt inferior to the other squirrels in the neighborhood. After all, a squirrel’s plumy tail is his most distinctive feature!
Somehow I don’t believe that animals go around comparing themselves to one another the way humans do. That is a blessing for them. Yet we humans can’t seem to help comparing ourselves to one another and developing feelings of inferiority. Ever since the serpent made Adam and Eve feel inferior to God and tempted them to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we have been selling ourselves short and looking for ways to make ourselves feel better about ourselves. We are guilty of deriving our significance from the standards set by society, Hollywood, and false religions rather from what God’s Word says about us.
One of my favorite psalms is Psalm 139. The entire psalm speaks of how incredibly special we are to our Maker, and how intimately he is acquainted with all our ways. He made us the way we are for a reason, ordaining each of our days before one of them came to be (v. 16). His thoughts concerning us are precious (v. 17), and he lives to intercede for us at his Father’s right hand. I love the way Beth Moore expresses that thought – Jesus is sitting at God’s right hand talking to his Father about us!
God doesn’t qualify our beauty according to our body shape, complexion, or hair color. He qualifies our beauty according to the condition of our hearts and spirit.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. (1 Peter 3:3-4, NIV)
God created each of us as unique human beings – one of a kind, never to be duplicated in all of eternity. The next time you are tempted to compare yourself with someone else, keep that in mind: there’s no one else quite like you.