Your self-perception has a profound impact on your physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual well being. If you have the perception that you need to be perfect, it impacts everything and you will always struggle with discontentment. There are three truths that you need to know and understand.
First, you are God’s creation. In the very first book of the bible, when God was creating everything, we are told that God created humans. You didn’t evolve from a plant nor an ape. You were purposefully created by God. “26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. “27 So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” Genesis 1:27.
Mom and dad might not have planned you, but you are no accident. God knew you were coming and when you were in the womb he took joy in you. “13You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.” Psalm 139:13-15
When I first found out I was adopted, I thought I was a mistake. My adoptive parents were so good in telling me the truth and letting me ask questions about my biological parents. They told me over and over that I was not a mistake and I am able to believe them because I know it’s true. God says so. To this day, I have no idea who my biological parents are and probably never will. Regardless, I know I am not an accident and neither are you.
Second, God created you for a purpose. He knew you were coming, and even before you were born, he recorded every moment of your life in His book. “16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” Psalm 139:16
Jeremiah was a prophet of God who was called by God to tell people to repent from their sins and his message, for the most part, fell on deaf ears. He was ridiculed, teased, thrown into a muddy cistern, anticipating he would be there until he starved to death. He battled depression on a personal level and often questioned if God knew what he was doing. When Jeremiah was about 12 years old, God told him that he created him for a purpose. “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
Jeremiah clung to these promises when he felt discouraged and tempted to believe the lies others were saying about him. It must have been very hard to reject their words. The only way he could do this was to cling to God’s truth that his life mattered and he had a purpose. God used Jeremiah in a profound way to share His love with non-believers. God also created you for a purpose. “10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” Ephesians 2:10. To the world you might only be one person but to one person you might be the world. If you believe that God created you and that he created you for a purpose it’s much easier to be content with who you see in the mirror.
The third truth is that God is proud of what he made. “17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! 18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!” Psalm 139:17-18. Contentment comes when you understand that you were created by God, for a purpose, and that he is proud of what he made. You are no accident.
Will you take that step of faith today and believe? Jesus wants you to stop comparing yourself to everybody else and put your eyes on Him. When you do, you will find a new level of contentment.