For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:13 & 14
I remember one day when I was probably middle school age I looked in the mirror and said to my dad, “My nose is big.” He replied with, “Well, you did get your mother’s nose.” I didn’t actually think my nose was big. I was just repeating what I’d heard other girls say about their own noses. But since he said I got my mother’s nose like it was a bad thing, I looked in the mirror again and thought maybe it was big! Maybe I did have something to worry about after all! (I eventually decided if he loved Mom even with her possibly-big nose, a man like him would probably find me attractive enough to marry someday and I’d be ok, even if it did stand out.) 🙂
Some of us think our noses are too big. Some of us think our personalities are too big. Some of us think we’re just all wrong and don’t even know where to start on the list of things we’d improve. This can be especially true for our kids who don’t fit the typical mold they think their peers fit into so easily. We have to remind ourselves and our kids that we are made by God in His image. He created and crafted us to be unique and fulfill the purposes He has for each of us. Our differences aren’t wrong or bad; we are fearfully and wonderfully made!
On days our kids feel like their differences are wrong or bad, remind them they are fearfully and wonderfully made.