You can’t help but notice its back to school time. Even if you don’t have children in school you are surely detecting the sensational media hype, the big yellow buses, and how your typically frazzled co-worker seems to be unusually more at ease during the day. Perhaps you’ve spotted the backpacks, school supplies, and uniforms. Or maybe you’ve wondered why the neighborhood, the park, and the mall are unusually tranquil during the day. And even if you have missed all of that, you undoubtedly cannot ignore the obligatory annual first day of school pictures barrage on social media.
Okay, so maybe it’s not so obligatory. Possibly a bit bandwagonish, but not mandatory. Back to school brings with it a flood of pictures posted of siblings standing together dressed in their first day of school outfits wearing their brand new backpacks as though they are armed to take on the world. Parents can’t help but display their pride in who their kiddos are growing up to be. They love them and are just absolutely crazy about them! Often times there is a current picture paralleled with a photograph from last year or from the first day of their kindergarten year that shows a tremendous amount of growth that makes a parent’s heart swell and their eyes moisten. The first day of school pictures represents a new beginning and a bright future. I’m a parent – I get it! As one of my friends posted, “This is the best day of the year on Facebook.”
Did you know that is exactly how God feels about you? I’m not sure about heavenly social media but my guess is that God has pictures of you posted everywhere today and every day! He loves you and is absolutely crazy about you! He can’t help but display His pride in who His kiddo is growing up to be. He boasts of the growth you’ve made from last year to today. He just can’t contain His excitement over where you are today and His eagerness about what is ahead for you.
So if you find yourself in a disheartened place…
Maybe a teacher convinced you that you would never amount to anything.
Perhaps a boss let you know how little he thought of you.
It’s feasible a spouse has chipped away at your self-esteem and you feel like a failure.
Possibly the weight of your own mistakes and poor choices weigh on you daily.
Maybe you are persuaded that if you were just a little prettier, a little smarter, or a little less socially awkward then you would have more value.
Remember, God is crazy about you!
Perhaps Max Lucado says it best. I’ll leave you with his insight:
“If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning… Face it, friend. He is crazy about you!”