God has never looked at us and wished we were someone else. In fact, if we believed all the amazing things He thinks about us, we would never doubt or think badly about ourselves again.
I'm realising that it's only that love and understanding of how accepted we are that will enable us to be the people we desire to be. It's about being honest with who we are right now whilst living in anticipation and faith about who God is helping us become.
As we intentionally move towards Jesus in our hearts, affections and thoughts, we sync up our lives with the person He has made us to be.
It's much like a potter working with clay. The potter sees that lump of clay as something far more valuable than just a piece of clay. They see a masterpiece while everyone else is still seeing a blob of brown dirt.
The thing about clay is that it's easier to mold when softened with water. It's pretty hard to create anything when the clay is rock hard. It won't yield to the potter's hands, and the potter won't force it, for if he does, it will break into pieces.
People are the same. Unless our hearts are soft and we are prepared to deal with our issues and anything that causes hardness and resistance to our growth, it will limit God's ability to work in us.
God will not push it; He never forces us. He loves us and will allow us to keep spinning around on the "wheel" as He gently pours out His love and acceptance upon us like water until we yield to His "potters" hand.
Then we can receive what He is saying deep down on the inside so that His words, which hold creative power, can go to work in us, revealing the masterpiece that we have always been.
Today when God speaks, listen up.
Let him soften and heal you where where you know there is hardness and resistance in your heart.
Quit jumping off the potter's wheel. God has a plan for you, and if you run away, you'll only end up eventually feeling like a blob of clay on the floor that has to be picked up and put back on the potter's wheel again anyway. Stay put, and let God speak and work in you.
Trust Him, for He is, after all, the "master craftsman, and He knows what He is doing. It's all for a purpose; nothing has to be wasted. For God sees who you are, but also who you will be, and He loves you.
"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do". (Ephesians 2:10)
Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your
and" (Isaiah 64:8)
Prayer: Lord, I want to quit jumping off the potter's wheel. Please help me listen to you speaking, trusting that you will mold and shape me into all that I can become. In Jesus name Amen