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You Aren't An Accident

Christian psychologist James Michaelson once counseled a woman who felt lonely and abandoned. As she explained how she felt, he couldn’t concentrate on what she was saying, because a scripture kept running through his mind: “It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves” (Ps. 100:3). This verse had no apparent connection with her problem, but he couldn’t quit thinking about it.

After she finished talking, she sat in silence waiting for a response. Dr. Michaelson didn’t know what to say other than quote the verse, although he realized it might sound foolish since it seemed unrelated to her dilemma.

“I think God wants you to know something,” Dr. Michaelson said. “‘It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves.’ Does that mean anything to you?”

The woman immediately broke down and cried.

            After composing herself, she explained what it meant.

“I didn’t tell you this, but my mother got pregnant with me before she was married. All my life I believed that I was a mistake—an unplanned accident—and that God didn’t create me.

“When you quoted that verse, I pictured in my mind God forming me in my mother’s womb. Now I know that God created me and that I’m not a mistake. I’ll never be the same again! Thank you, Dr. Michaelson. I’ll never forget this day as long as I live!”

God knew this woman needed to know she was His marvelous creation and not an accident. Her perspective changed dramatically once she understood that God had crafted her in the womb.

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 84)

 



The Self-Portrait in Your Mind

Self-image is the self-portrait that hangs in the gallery of your mind.

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 78)



The Inside Makes You Go Up

Several children in a park watched a man release helium-filled balloons. The man let go of a white balloon, which floated up into the sky. Then he released yellow and red balloons, which also flew up and away. A little African-American boy asked, “Mister, if you let go of a black balloon, will it go up?

The man replied, “Son, the color on the outside has nothing to do with it. It’s what’s on the inside that makes it go up.”

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 142)



The Crazy House of Mirrors

A popular attraction at carnivals is the crazy house of mirrors. Inside this maze of warped mirrors, we can view our contorted reflections. When we look into these mirrors, our eyes and ears seem to balloon out of proportion. We see ourselves as extremely skinny or overweight. We don’t actually look like that, but the warped mirrors make us appear so.

Inferiority’s misshapen lenses make us see ourselves like the mirrors in the crazy house. A warped self-image is no closer to reality than the image reflected by the contorted mirrors at the carnival. We become disgusted with our appearance. We focus on our unsightly features and exaggerate each flaw. My, what big ears, nose, and eyes we have! Dissatisfaction with our appearance can produce hatred toward the God who created us.

(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 78)

 



Cross Reference:

Your Willingness is Half the Battle

No Doubt About It

Speaking the Destiny of Your Child

How Much is a Homeless Man Worth?


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