We are not despicable in God's eyes
August 11, 2010 - The other day my family and I went to see the new movie, "Despicable Me."
This is an enjoyable tale about a villain named Gru who attempts to pull off the biggest heist in history using three orphan girls but finds his heart changed by their innocence. And, it was in 3D.
My favorite part was the antics of Gru's minions during the credits which were greatly enhanced by the 3D effects.
What this movie brings to mind for me is the many people who in some way believe that they are despicable.
At some level they feel shame and guilt for who they are.
They may have never done anything as bad as getting a parking ticket, but still they have that sense of unworthiness, shame and guilt.
Most people have some remnants of low self esteem. Many cover it up by overachieving.
Whether we got it from our parents or teachers or friends or the church or whomever; we bought into the message that we are bad, not worthy of the good that happen for us and the negative is earned punishment.
Some point to biblical quotes such as Psalm 51:5 "I was brought forth in iniquity" as evidence of our inherent sin.
When read in the context within which it was written, David's remorse over his part in the death of Uriah and stealing his wife Bathsheba, we can relate to the nature of the feelings being shared.
They were not meant to be taken as a definitive statement.
Earlier David wrote of our true nature, "What is man that thou art mindful of him… thou hast made him little less than God" Psalm 8:4-5. We are not the totality of God, but all that God is "I am" Exodus 3:14.
We are created "In the image and after the likeness" of God and all that is created is "very good" Genesis 1:26 & 31.
God don't make no junk! This may not be good English, but it is right thinking.
Everyone is born with the capacity to be loved and loving, for "God is love" 1 John 4:16. The thought atmosphere that we grow up in helps to shape and form who we become.
A Course In Miracles tells us that there are only two messages, "one of love, and the other the call for love." Text 273.
Child psychologists tell us that children desire attention and will act out negatively if they cannot get it otherwise.
Clues to how Gru became a villain were present throughout the movie and were stated by his mother near the end, "You are a much better parent than I ever was."
Inner Child Advocate John Bradshaw, in his series on Homecoming, states that "It's not about who is to blame. It is about taking responsibility for the person that we are."
Low self esteem robs the world of the wondrous child of God that you are. The ego tells you that you are unworthy.
David was told that he could not defeat Goliath, 1Samuel17:33. Spirit says that "we are children of God, and if children, then heirs." Romans 8:16-17.
The power and presence of God within you can defeat the giants of doubt, fear, self-criticism, guilt and shame.
It is through your innocence, becoming "as a child" Matthew 18:3, that we allow the greatness of God to shine through Matthew 5:16.
This is the divine corrective.
Blessings of peace, joy & love
Matthew E. Long is senior minister
at Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center.