The Greatest Gift


“I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

This past week I had the gift of participating in a spiritual retreat. One of the leaders invited us to repeat, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). [special thanks to Heidi and Callie].

What a gift to be reminded of my core identity! My worth doesn’t come from what I do, say, or give. I am made by the Creator and that is more than enough. I needed this!

I want to remind you, too.

You, beloved friend, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Take a moment to repeat this Bible verse aloud.
What’s the greatest gift you can give this season? Love. And that starts with you.

In Matthew 22:37-39, in response to the question about which commandment is most important, Jesus replied, “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

Love for God and love for your neighbor are inextricably connected with love for yourself. Love for God leads to love for yourself, which leads to love leads to love for the other, and back again.

So, what’s one thing you can do to show love to God today? What’s one thing you can do to show yourself love? How did you show love to someone else?

May you know, deep in your being, that the God of all the Universe delights in you – your personality, your talents, your interests, your quirks. The way you were made was with Divine purpose and love. You, dear one, are fearfully and wonderfully made.