Genesis 1: 27 – 30 (NIV)

So God created mankind in his own image,

in the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

If you believe in God Almighty, creator of the universe, His only begotten son Jesus Christ, who came and paid the ultimate sacrifice for all humans to be reconciled to God and thereby offered salvation and the promise of eternal life, and in the Holy Ghost, our guide, granter of impeccable gifts of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and self-control, you are a child of God.

And now the most important and beautiful passage in the entire Bible:

Genesis 1: 31 (NIV) God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

To make this mean what I would like you to see, please insert your name every time there is a ______

He saw that he made ______ and IT WAS VERY GOOD!!!

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for______,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper______ and not to harm______, plans to give______ hope and a future.

Romans 8:28-29 (NIV) And we know that in all things God works for the good of ______, who have been called according to his purpose. For ______ God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that ______ might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

Ephesians 1:4-5 (NIV) For he chose ______ in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined ______ for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—

2 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV) His divine power has given ______ everything ______ need for a godly life through ______’s knowledge of him who called ______ by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given ______ his very great and precious promises, so that through them ______ may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

So to all of you, I want to let you in on a secret. This world has been lying to you. You do not need to “step up”, improve this or that, move to the next level BECAUSE:

Thomas Jefferson first used the phrase in the U.S. Declaration of Independence, which he penned in 1776 – We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Today we know that God did so much more than that, He created each of us Unique!!!

Each of us beautiful, each of us capable, each of us immeasurably powerful.

John 3:16 (NIV) For God so loved ______ that he gave his one and only Son, that ______ (who) believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV) Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

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Author's Bio: 

Anton van den Berg is a normal person. I have no specialized theological training but I have led a life of hard and tough lessons. Like silver, I had to be taken to the furnace to get rid of a lot of impurities. In that process, I have learned to let certain things go, and to attach to other values. These posts represent some of the pivotal growth-moments in that journey. I hope that it would assist you on your journey in some way. May God Almighty, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit be with you.