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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

– Psalm 139:14

Do you think it’s possible that the images of bodily perfection you’ve been taught to aspire to are really a sham? I sure do! Contrary to what you’ve seen, celebrities and models don’t wake up in the morning ready to do a cover shoot for Vogue or Esquire. In fact, many of them are only 16 or 17 years old and they go on special diets for a week just so they can pose for a “perfect” picture. You see, the standard you’ve been comparing yourself to doesn’t exist; it’s all made up, so it’s about time you stop trying to achieve it. 

Interestingly, Apple, a brand that’s often thought to be synonymous with hip youth, is actually consumed primarily by senior citizens. Do you wonder why you never see ads for a new iPhone or iPad featuring older gray-haired people with canes and walkers? I think it’s because we live in a culture that worships youth — a brief window of life in which, while we may be our most beautiful, we’re also our most stupid. 

Friend, I share these facts with you only to free you from believing that bodily perfection is attainable, let alone something to strive for. The truth is that no matter how old, wrinkled, worn, imperfect, scarred, or heavy or thin, your body is a gift that was lovingly given to you by God — He wants you to embrace it and so do I! You are fearfully and wonderfully made; I encourage you to say that to yourself every morning when you wake up and watch your quality of life improve!

Prayer


Jesus, set me free from the trap of trying to achieve bodily perfection so I can embrace the true beauty you have given to me.

Reflection


Have you spent time and energy striving for bodily perfection?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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5 Responses

  1. The message you brought today is needed now more than ever with social media being so accessible. I pray that your message will reach all those that are struggling with not accepting themselves as they are, imperfections and all.

  2. Well spoken Bobby, and no I do not spend time on being perfect. I wake up in the mourning plug in the kettle to make may coffee, then while that’s happening I make may bed and then finish making a coffee, and then go outside to drink it on my deck to see what kind of a day its going to be weather wise. Then I wash up and make breakfast, eggs and Boston lettuce on toast with orange juice. Then change and walk to work at 4:30 am takes about ten minuets to get there. After a roughly ten hour day at work, walk back home make this time filter-drip coffee and nap till I hear the beep and check email and read your devotional and relax a couple of hours and get ready to make the evening meal. Being single in a 2 story house alone, it is enough during the week because of my job running smoke houses all day for my employer, after nearly 37 years and ready to retire I enjoy my weekends, resting and keeping up with everything that needs to get done before doing all over again next week. Be happy and don’t worry like the song. Amen.

  3. Even though I have scars on my body from sores and whatever else that isn’t supposed to be there.It gives me the opportunity to really
    appreciate the gift that was given by God.I still yearn to lose some weight, and get to 150 pounds.To achieve that goal, it will take some time.So starting this Monday morning,I will step on the scale and weigh myself.Look at the number, see whether it went up or down, and write that result on a piece of paper.Then I will start to pedal off the pounds on my stationery bike for an hour or two, while listening to my favorite music on the Cd player.I want to enjoy what was given to me, knowing that it can be taken away.I hope and pray that the Hour of Power will continue its mission of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to all hurting and lonely people all over the world.To Pastor Bobby Schuller and his beautiful family.My prayer, is that God will bless them with continued good health and happiness.To all at Shepherd’s Grove blessings.love.peace.To the choir and orchestra and their conductors.Messages of appreciation and thanks for the glorious and uplifting music and singing.As always I remain a faithful and loyal viewer and a Happy and Wholesome student in Jesus Christ
    May God bless all and this beautiful country.The United States of America.

  4. Bobby, preach on good and Spirit-inspired preacher! Our youth particularly are immersed in the “Photoshop” pervasiveness leading far too many of them literally with a suicidal mindset.

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