This post was inspired by a discussion board I used for class. Sections were edited for the means of this blog. -TDP
When I think of the value of a Human being, the people to show me how much I am loved as valued as created in the image of God has always been my parents. For this post, I would like to focus in on my mom, it has been 7 years since my mom has been been with the Lord, so I have spent a particular amount of time to reflect on the conversations, and actions she has shown me on this topic. do the same for my father, but in bereavement and grief you spend it seems to me a extra amount of time thinking about the love one you have lost, and all the emotions you encounter as well, and prayer, that strengthens and deepens your relationship with the Father.
Growing up I was very shy, to this day I am shy, though it shows in other ways. On the left side of my face around my eye, I have a beauty mark, and on the right side of my face above my right lip I have a mole that has some size. I grew up being bullied for years, with very low self-esteem. My entire family reminded me daily how beautiful and special I was to them and God. Being a child yeah that made me feel good, but I just wanted to fit in. One night I came to my mom and told her that I knew I was nice to people, why couldn't they see me for me? Why did the kids judge me by the way I look? I told her I was going to be mean right back and not care because people did not care about how they made me feel. My mom just flipped through the pages of her Bible from what she was reading and read me a scripture that changed my life forever. Mathew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” (KJV).
My parents have always been supportive and honest with my sisters and me, and always told me that what God thinks of me is most important, but treat people the way I want to be treated. Reading that scripture did something to me. It showed me at that age (10) that I was a real child of God. (I was a peer mediator in school; that could have possibly crossed my mind too). I already loved reading the Bible but when I read that, I knew I could not let God down as his child.
Yes, I struggled to believe my sense of worth, identity. After all, I was still in elementary school. But I knew that as long as I remained kind, and treated people the way I wanted to be treated, God was happy with me. Sometimes I struggle today. And I believe that every now and then everyone goes through those struggles. But there are ways to in our human growth and lifespan we can intentionally remind ourselves of our worth and created in God’s image. We identify those ways in the Old and New Testament, where God created the order of the world for us to make man in our own image; God allowed Adam to name all of the animals, and Pauls teachings on Gods’ Grace and Love for humanity. Estep & Kim 2010, Gods’ image within humanity is what we are and, in turn, is reflected in the components of our existence.
There are several ways we can pass this on to our children. For example, my parents prayed for my sisters and me nonstop, and with prayer, we would study and sing songs together. We are still all involved in ministry, and when the time comes for us to have our families, we will teach our children to pray, read Gods’ word, to encourage them to know the Lord for themselves. Dr. Dobson, speaks in his book Your Legacy, how the patriarch of his family, who was not born to a devout Christian family, prayed every day for his entire family, and towards the end of his life, the Lord made him a promise, and that promise has been kept for several generations, and his family is blessed off a one mans prayers to God. My mom showed me a scripture that carried me through a very tough season in my life, but when it is my time I will pass it to my children, but until then, I pray like Dr. Dobsons’ patriarch, for my family here and that is not born yet.
You may not believe that Jesus is your Lord and Savior, but you are made in the image of your parents, they instilled values and moral to you. No matter what is going on in the world, you are the Legacy of truth and love.