“Dad, do I look pretty?"
“Dad, do I have big muscles?”

My kids ask me often about their appearance. They compare themselves to their friends and think about how they look. Adults aren’t much different. We try out diet fads, imagine life with more money, and compare ourselves to neighbors and co-workers. Why is it that we seem to universally wrestle with both pride and self-doubt? Why do some of us think too much of ourselves while others feel insignificant?

Our circumstances quickly arise as the likely culprit to our pride or pity. However, our upbringing, health, financial status, and outward appearance are only symptoms of what lies beneath the surface. You can make more money, lose weight, and develop new friendships and still hang on to your inner struggle with self-perception. 

The only true solution to our struggle is the gospel. God the Father, our Creator, sent a rescue team of His Son and Spirit to ransom us for His glory. He loves us not based on how we look, act, or compare to others. He loves us not because of who we are, but because of whose we are. We are created in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:27). We bear a resemblance to our Maker, and no circumstantial struggle can deny us of that.

When the feelings of pride and self-pity and insignificance surface, let’s remember that our value does not rise and fall with our behavior, bank account, or beauty. Everyday we are God’s workmanship created for good deeds (Ephesians 2:8-9). While this side of heaven we may never fully embrace and realize our magnificent worth, someday those in Christ will see our Father in all His glory. On that day, we’ll look fully on the one who made us for His glory - and know just how valuable we truly are.