Have you heard about Peeple? I haven't read too much about it, just seen tweets from a few folks referring to it as the Yelp for... people. Crazy! OR NOT? You could use it as a ratings system for people you're interviewing (but isn't that LinkedIn?) or professional services (but isn't that... Yelp? Or any number of review sites?) or bloggers (but, ahem, GOMI) or DATING (this makes the most sense of all, to me, but is it not possible to post warnings about emotionally unavailable immature men on the dating sites themselves?)
I was listening to some talk radio guys making fun of it and then I started to think that if/when this Peeple thing actually happens, maybe I would go on there and write about my friends. Absolutely positively glowing reviews of great people. And that would be so much fun! Who wouldn't want to google themselves and find beautiful affirmations? A list of their gifts and strengths? Five star ratings about who they are?
It would be a website where you could look yourself up to discover how God sees you. Because God loves you. God thinks you're awesome. You are God's FAVORITE. He has an infinite number of amazing things to say about amazing you. Do you have a few scuff marks? A poor performance rating somewhere in your past? A few personal anecdotes you'd rather weren't shared or known at all? Who doesn't! But God doesn't see you that way, he sees the You you are supposed to be. The You he knows you to be. The You he MADE you to be.
Gideon said, "How can *I* save Israel?! My claim is the weakest! I am the least of my family!"
And God said, "The Lord is with you, Mighty Warrior."
In college I was walking across campus, in the dark (stupid college student) and talking to God. I'm sure I was complaining about something or other and in the middle of it he gave me a picture of a knight on a white horse, a huge HUGE sword at his side. Somehow I knew that sword was made of prayer. I also knew the knight was a she, and the she was ME. That's how God saw me. I was not a chubby, whiny, doubtful, fearful, insecure girl, I was a KNIGHT on a freaking WHITE HORSE. (The implication, I believe, was that I should start acting like one. Am still working on that.)
On Peeple, the review about me COULD say: chubby, whiny, doubtful, fearful, insecure GIRL who has [list of mistakes, bad choices, hurtful things done to others]. Or it could read: Mighty Woman of God, gifted, great willingness of spirit, in pursuit of holiness, love, compassion, truth.
The cross washes away the ugly parts of me, and in God's eyes, I am clean, pure, and beautiful. I am loved beyond belief.
When we look at others, let's try to see what God sees. Let's speak those truths into their lives. Let's build them up, encourage, give them hope. They are God's favorites too.