Editor’s note: Did you know that some of our most popular devotionals are actually kids’ devotionals? It’s true! Enjoy this one today from Max Lucado’s You Can Count on God and be sure to pass it on to a young friend.
I praise You because You made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What You have done is wonderful. I know this very well. — Psalm 139:14
You are a great idea! I don’t mean you have great ideas — though I’m sure you do! I mean that you yourself are a great idea. How do I know that? Because you are God’s idea — and He only has great ideas.
When God sat down to create the very first man and woman, He said,
Let Us make human beings in Our image and likeness. — Genesis 1:26
God didn’t say, “Let us make oceans in our image” or “flowers in our likeness” or “giraffes in our likeness.” Nothing else in all of God’s creation is made in His likeness. Not plants, or weeds, or trees. Not elephants, anteaters, or even the cutest little puppy. Not stars, or mountains, or seas. Only people — including you and me.
What does it mean to be made in God’s likeness? It means you are made to look like Him. Maybe not on the outside. But on the inside, in your heart and mind and soul. Does that mean you’re perfect? Nope, nobody is. Except Jesus, of course. But it does mean that you take after Him. You get your kindness and your courage from Him. And when you love and help and forgive others, that’s when you look the most like Him.
In this world, people will sometimes see your mistakes as a reason to laugh at you. Some people might call you names. Others might decide not to be your friend because of where you live or the way you look. Don’t listen to them. Instead, remember this:
You are made in the image of God.
You’re a diamond, a precious jewel. You are so important to God, so loved by Him, that He sent His only Son to save you.
You can’t see them, but God’s fingerprints are all over you. So be sure to thank God today for His great idea of making you!
You are God’s great idea!
Excerpted with permission from You Can Count on God by Max Lucado, copyright Max Lucado.
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You’re a great idea! God had a great idea when He thought the world needed very special you! Come share your thoughts. We want to hear from you! ~ Devotionals Daily