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Uphold Your True Image

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844080-xsmall copyDo you love taking pictures?

I love capturing memorable moments. I remember my first 1-megapixel digital camera. It provided more pictures than my old film camera without the photo development cost. I was an amateur photographer on steroids.

My children, however, developed camera phobia. I wanted to celebrate every moment, but I’m sure years of chasing them with a camera had something to do with their syndrome. Albums of photos revealed my lack of skill. Those flawed pictures made driver’s license photos, and passport headshots, look great. Those unflattering images were embedded in their memories.  

Sometimes, we live with a flawed image of ourselves. Something in our past created a poor self-image, and we continue to view ourselves by that mental picture. We say we’re not smart enough, thin enough, popular enough, and unworthy of blessings. We become our worst enemy and judge ourselves harshly.

Jesus, however, has His own “picture” of us. No, we’re not picture-perfect believers, but He rejoices as we continue our spiritual journey. He sees beyond our weaknesses and reveals our spiritual potential in His Word. He is the developer of our hearts, and He wants to bring our dim view into beautiful focus.  

Uphold your true image, and see yourself as Jesus sees you. We are wonderfully made in God’s image.   

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well,” (Psalm 139:14 New International Version).

What old (spiritual) pictures have you thrown away? Post them in the comments below. 

Watch this beautiful film that highlights the essence of this devotional. I hope you’ll share this with a friend that needs encouragement. 


Song Lyrics: Gungor – Beautiful Things

Have a blessed weekend.

Marisa Shadrick

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The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984.

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