Look!…A Human Being!

READ: Genesis 1:27Psalm 139:13-16`

Have you ever considered how amazing you are?

 Really? 

Granted if we consider all the species of animals and plants, types of geography, vastness of the cosmos or the complexity of the cellular world, there is much to marvel at that could last a lifetime for sure. 

But when you think about it, the human being kind of blows everything out of the water. 

For starters just think about what we as humans have created on this planet. The ingenuity is incredible. Or how about the things we have discovered?  What other species has gone to the moon and back and can tell you what kind of material is on Mars? No monkey has ever done that. Oh wait…take that back…he may have gone into space but it wasn’t his idea!

But the real, real incredible part of a human being is our humanness. What in all creation feels what we feel? Thinks like we think? Or loves like we love?  As amazing as dolphin is I don’t think he sits around and imagines what we he wants to do with his life. 

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made!

Psalm 139:14

With all our uniqueness it gets one wondering some things. For example: “Why are we like this?”…”How did we come to be?”  Did you know with all our amazingness, we humans still don’t really know.  There are theories for sure.  But no proofs.  

That is why many choose to look outside of mere human thinking or scientific logic for answers.  As Christians, we believe God, our creator, has revealed most these deep questions through the person of Jesus.  In fact, as we learn from the One who created us, we learn how to treat each other, be more creative, have more joy…basically be more human.  

So give thanks to the One who made you today.  Make a simple prayer out of Psalm 139:14 back to God. Remember you are amazing because of all the things on this planet, you are the only thing made in His image.

Dating: Test Driving vs. Research

What would be your advice for someone your age that is in a serious relationship?

Mine would be: Stop “test driving” your girlfriend/boyfriend and do your RESEARCH FIRST!

Let me explain. For years I wanted to own a jeep. So, just before I turned 16, my dad and I were seriously considering helping me find a jeep to drive. However, the more we discussed best options for me, we decided a truck was better suited for me. It was way more practical because I needed a vehicle to help me run my lawn service throughout the year. And oh by the way…I loved that truck!

So what does that have to do with dating? Many students can get too emotionally or physically wrapped up with pursuing relationships with the opposite sex without thinking through important questions before it happens.

Do your research first!:

➡️ What is YOUR purpose in life? What kind of goals or dreams do you have? Does a relationship with a guy/girl fit in with those goals right now?

➡️ Do you really know…

  • Who you are first?
  • Your value & her/his value?
  • Your role as a man/woman? (see Ephesians 5:21-33)

Look what this verse says about you and your “crushes” value according to God…

“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭139:13-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

If you have received Jesus in your heart it goes even further!…

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:19-20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Do you value and honor that guy or girl you are dating (or want to date) the way God does?

PRAY: God thank You for showing me how You see me and the opposite sex. I don’t want to be a person that takes advantage or becomes too infatuated with someone before I really know how to love them the way You would want. Help me to be patient and to take steps into discovering more of how You want me to grow as a young man/woman.