by Jay Bransford

“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.”  Psalm 139:13-14a

In the first verse of Psalm 139 David declares an important truth to God, “You know me.”  He goes on in the chapter to explain how God knows every single thing there is to know about David.  Amongst other things, God knows every strength and every weakness of David.  And He knows those same details about you and me.  God knows exactly who we are and what He put us on this earth for.  We were each uniquely woven together by God to perfectly fulfill His purposes for us.  And His purposes are GOOD!!

So how do we better understand how God uniquely created us?  Figuratively speaking, what kinds of materials did God make us out of?  What colors did he use?  What pattern does our fabric have?  What imperfections does it have?  What does it smell and feel like?  And perhaps most importantly, what is our fabric intended to be used for?

You are like an amazingly beautiful and priceless fabric in the eyes of God.  So the ideal place to start in understanding yourself is to ask God to describe you from His point of view.  He knows best!  And He is happy to talk to you about it.  Consider the following:

That’s a great start!  But how can you go even deeper in understanding yourself?  The good news is that God has provided many ways for us to learn about ourselves.  We are complex creatures and there’s much to learn.  Although this is by no means an exhaustive list, below are some additional ways to gain a greater level of understanding of who you are.  Note that some of the items below provide a website link to help you answer the question.  But first, get out a piece of paper and a pen, or open up a new blank document on your computer, and enjoy discovering more about yourself!

If you quickly read through all of those questions and moved on without answering them, now is the time to stop and think through your answers.  Discovering yourself is an ongoing, never-ending process that requires your time and thought.  Self-reflection is one of the keys to understanding yourself.  So if you really want to better understand yourself, you need to be willing to commit to some serious time to pray, think and reflect.

Once you’ve finished reflecting, it is time to dream…

Remember that understanding yourself is a life-long process.  Periodically set aside time to reflect on what God has been speaking to you, on your life circumstances, and on questions like those listed above.  As you do so, I guarantee you will gain a clearer understanding of yourself, how God sees you, and ultimately God’s purposes for your life.  You are truly an amazing work of art in progress, personally and perfectly woven together by God.

Bless you!


* For more resources to specifically help you with the topic of Understanding Yourself, see the ALLC website here.

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