If you were to ask me what my flaws are, I would have no problem rattling off a list of physical, mental, and emotional imperfections. If you were to ask me what I like about myself, it would be much more difficult for me to answer. I think some of you probably feel the same way, and I think we've been trained to think this way by society. Society constantly makes us feel like we need to be bettering ourselves, like we're not good enough. And I'm not saying this like if you want to play guitar that you shouldn't practice to get better at it. I'm saying you have to stop looking yourself in the mirror, making eye contact, listing out your imperfections and telling yourself that you are worthless. God, the greatest creator of all time made you, and He does not make worthless things. You are made in the image of God. You are His masterpieces and He loves you more than you could possibly fathom. To criticize yourself, or even other people, is to criticize the work of God. Think back to a time when you created something you really felt good about, whether it was a finger-painting in kindergarten, the first song you ever wrote, or even the time you painted your front door a really bold color. You probably smiled about it. You probably wanted to tell the world about it (or maybe just your mom). And then imagine someone telling you they thought it was stupid, ugly, or worthless. That wouldn't feel nearly as good. You might even cry about it, if you're easily teary-eyed like me. So, why do we insist on criticizing the work of the most amazing Creator? Why do we continually convince ourselves that His work is flawed, destroyed, or worthless?
Friend, you are not worthless. You are the living masterpiece of God. The Creator of the world and of the universe calls you His best work. He does not believe you are worthless, you are priceless in His eyes. "I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:14 (NIV)