How to Find Acceptance
You were created for greatness.
The only thing that can hold you back from the manifestation of that greatness is a common mindset.
And you can change that.
How? By viewing yourself as God sees you.
How does God see you? Look at what He says when He decided to create man.
Genesis 1:26-27, 31.
"And God said, Let Us make man, in Our image, after Our Likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in His Own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.
And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good.
And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
" God made you.
He made you in His image and after His likeness.
In other words, He originally made you like Himself.
God is Special.
And if He made us to be like Him, that makes you and I Special.
Think about it friend.
You are the handiwork of God.
The Almighty God Himself, made you to be like Him.
Here's something to think about: God is Creative.
And because you are made in His image and likeness, you can be creative as well.
Yoked with the Omnipotent One, there is no limit as to how far you can go and what you can accomplish.
You are not made in the image and likeness of an animal.
You are not the product of some creature that came out of the sea.
YOU ARE THE HANDIWORK OF GOD.
This truth alone shows how special you are.
In reality, there is nothing common about you.
What does it mean to be common? According to one dictionary's definition, to be common means, "Not remarkable or special in any way, and therefore uninteresting and unimpressive.
" This denotes a life filled with mediocrity, fear, frustration and depression, does it not.
But, if we are the Handiwork of God, we are not common.
There is nothing common about you.
Refuse to believe that lie.
Rise up and say; "I AM THE HANDIWORK OF GOD ALMIGHTY, MADE IN HIS IMAGE, AFTER HIS LIKENESS.
I AM SPECIAL.
GOD IS GREAT.
AND BECAUSE HE IS GREAT AND I AM MADE TO BE LIKE HIM, I HAVE GREATNESS IN ME.
I REFUSE TO BE COMMON.
I CHOOSE TO LIVE THE UNCOMMON LIFE OF WHOLENESS AND FULLNESS.
ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO ME, BECAUSE I AM A BELIEVER.
" Not only did God make You in His image and likeness, but after making you, He said that you were very good.
Now that is good news.
God said that you were made very good.
If God said it, then it is so.
But you must believe it in order to benefit from His Truth.
You may say, "but so and so said that nothing good will ever come out of me.
" That's what they think.
And if you let their words control your thinking then they will have what they say.
Prove them wrong.
If you have the guts to refuse their words; if you have the strength to resist their words; if you refuse to say what they say, and choose to believe and say what God says about you, then you can live the uncommon life of a great achiever.
It does not matter what others may say.
They may not see the greatness that is in you.
They don't have to believe in you.
Stop looking to them for your validation God believes in you.
So believe in God Who believes in you.
And believe in yourself.
God made you.
And He knows what He has put in you.
And He said that you are very good.
There is goodness in you.
God has placed His value upon you.
That makes you very special.
Choose to believe that AS THE HANDIWORK OF GOD, YOU ARE A UNIQUE INDIVIDUAL, WITH POSSIBILITIES UNLIMITED.
God places a value on you that is very high.
As a matter of fact, God sees you as so valuable that He paid the price of His Own Son's life in order to have you as His Own.
Matthew 13:44-46 "Again the Kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
Again, the Kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and brought it.
" God saw you as a treasure.
Now listen to this.
God saw you as a treasure, even when you were still in sin.
He did not wait for you to clean up your life, before He wanted you.
He loved you while you were a sinner.
Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
" John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
" God is in love with you.
He loved you so much, that He gave His Son to pay the awesome price of His shed blood, to make you His child.
(John 1:12) Since God has placed this kind of worth and value upon you, how dare you think that you are not special.
Since God has placed this kind of value upon you, you need to value yourself.
Start to see yourself as valuable and important.
But I don't feel important, you may say.
Your feelings are for the most part, conditioned by your thought patterns and your environment.
They are not based on your reality, but rather on what has been seen, heard and experienced.
It may be a fact that you feel like a nobody.
It may be a fact that you may feel worthless and hopeless.
It may be a fact that you may feel unappreciated and unaccepted.
But facts are subject to change.
NEVER live your life based upon that, which is subject to change.
Live your life based on something that is stable, something that is sure.
Live your life based on REALITY.
LIVE YOUR LIFE BY THE WORD OF GOD.
THAT IS REALITY.
HIS WORD IS TRUTH.
(John 17:17) Here is what His Word says of you: Psalms 139:14 "I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
My substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in Thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
" Think about that.
God thinks that you are beautiful.
He thinks that you are so special that He wrote down each part of your body, before it was formed and developed.
But I still feel unaccepted, you may say.
Listen to what God says about that.
Ephesians 1:6 "To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved.
" God has accepted you.
Friend, if God has accepted you, then you are accepted.
Now accept yourself, and people of worth will begin to accept you.
God accepts you in Christ Jesus.
This makes you SPECIAL.
Don't ever think of yourself as unimportant again.
You are a treasure, His treasure.
This makes you priceless.