When did you get broken? You may not be able to pinpoint a date, but over time we all lost that innocent confidence that comes with childhood. I recently decided to do a self-worth lesson for my 4th and 5th graders. I thought they could be at the brink of that brokenness. I had a lesson, an object lesson, a game, and a take-home gift to drive home the message. It was based on Psalm 139:13-14, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I’m fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. “
So I’m all ready for the lesson and I really think it’s going to land…and the confidence that came from these kids was incredible. When asked to describe themselves they used words like POWERFUL, PERFECT, and AWESOME. Some of them even said, “weird, but in a good way.” I realized quickly that this was not the lesson they needed to hear. They know who made them and they know that God loves them…but I also know that they haven’t hit middle school yet. And I hope they all remember these things about themselves. I started to wonder when did I lend an ear to Satan and let him whisper untruths about me? When did I begin to allow other people’s opinions to trump what I KNEW to be true?
I know why Jesus told us to become like children. They haven’t been broken yet. Even those that have been through so much, still have confidence in God. Don’t lend your ear to Satan. Look at yourself in the mirror and remind yourself WHO you belong to! You are a child of God. You are LOVED. You are fearfully and wonderfully made!