John Wesley Honors College

Stop Bashing, Start Praising

Clay Potter

by Ali Cravens, John Wesley Scholar, Class of 2015

“For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.”

– Psalm 139:13-16

We take ourselves for granted. Quite a lot.

We bash ourselves and we curse ourselves. We wake up every morning assuming that everything will go on working. And we rarely stop to think about who created us. Or how we were created. Or what we were created from. Or what’s inside us now.

We accept that we are who we are and our body works a certain way, and we going on living and assuming it will keep doing that. I think medical professionals are the only people who can even begin to grasp the human body, what we are and what we are made of.

We are so complex.

Every little part.

Everything in our body is there for a reason.

Our bodies work like a clock, where all the little cogs fit together perfectly to make it run. God didn’t just whip us up like a batch of cookies. He took time and energy and careful thought to make us who we are.

Every bone in our hands, our nails, earwax, every layer of skin, the amount of fingers, the material of our lips, eyelids, the size of our lungs. All these things God thought about and formed perfectly. We forget that we are marvelous creations. We forget that we were created ex nihilo, out of nothing. We hate the size of our nose or the color of our hair or the impurity of our skin.

There was a study done on women in a society where there was no TV or any type of media. The women loved their bodies, not because of how they looked but because of what they could do with them. “Look at my body, look how strong it is, look at what I can do with my arms, I can pick things up and take them places, I can smell and think, why wouldn’t I love my body?”

I think that’s beautiful. I think we need to appreciate what God has given us and praise him for all that we are, the marvelous creations he made us.

We need to stop bashing ourselves and start praising him.

We need to start loving ourselves because God made us.

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