In a world where image is ‘everything,’ it’s easy to play the comparison game and come up wanting.
I’ve struggled with body image issues most of my life and the constant media presence of ‘the perfect’ body doesn’t help.
And focusing on image isn’t a bad thing – in fact, it can be remarkably freeing – if we have the proper frame of reference.
In Psalm 8, David (the psalmist) asks God, “What is man, that you are mindful of him; the son of man that you care for him?”
From the earliest pages of the Bible, we learn that humans are image bearers of God. In Psalm 8, two crucial ingredients add even more poignancy to the idea that we’re made in God’s image. Did you catch them?
What is man that:
- You are mindful of him
- You care for him
We are not only made in his image, but we are on his mind…and his heart. We take up space in the mind and heart of GOD!
Should this knowledge make a difference in the way we view ourselves and our fellow journeyers on the road of life?
If God has made us in his image, and if he thinks about us and cares for us, it shifts the balance of how we should view ourselves. We are wholly loved. Focusing on his definition of who we are, instead of playing the comparison game with one another, gives a strength, confidence, and compassion we can’t get otherwise.
Knowing we are fully loved – so much that we are on God’s mind and heart – should not only make a difference in how we face our own insecurities and heartaches but also how we treat other image bearers.
Compassion, kindness, and mercy should be our guides. Why? Because God himself put on flesh in the form of Jesus and had his image marred by abuse, nails, thorns, and our sin, to rescue the other image bearers of the world. His kids.
How does knowing you are on God’s mind and heart change the way you view yourself? The way you face your day?
Maybe take an opportunity to read Psalm 8 today to remind you of God’s love, presence, and view of you in the span of creation. It’s an encouraging read!