13 For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

The 2012 film Wreck-It Ralph tells the story of a video game villain, Ralph, whose greatest desire is to become a hero and achieve the type of popularity and success of others such as his video game rival, Felix. Ralph’s pursuit of winning a medal and becoming the good guy leads him on an adventure that creates chaos in the digital gaming world and threatens to destroy the entire arcade. At the climax of the film, Ralph finally embraces who he was made to be and recites the bad guy mantra from his bad guy support group: “I’m bad. And that’s good. I will never be good. And that’s not bad. There’s no one I’d rather be than me.” In the end, Ralph accepts the person he was created to be, which actually turns out to be the best for everyone.

Of course, the Christian life is not as simple as this fictional story. All of God’s people are to continually being transformed into the image of Christ. However, there is an important truth that can be learned from Ralph: God has created every person in the world in a unique way that only He knows to the depths. As Psalm 139 reminds us, He knows everything about us, even the exact number of days we will live.

The intention of God in creating us includes every part of our being, including our gender. If we are not careful, we will spend our entire lives trying to be someone other than who God has created us to be. We can easily be deceived into believing that we should be who the world says we are, instead of who God says we are.

This week we are focusing on God’s creation of men and women as similar yet distinct. We should lean into these similarities and differences in a way that honors God and recognizes that every one of our days is meant for His glory and not ours alone. As we live as the people He has created us to be, we will point others to Him and recognize there is no one else we should be.

• What are your favorite aspects of who you are?

• What are some things you desire to change? How might you submit these before God?

• Thank God that He has created you exactly as He intended and He knows you intimately. Pray that you would be growing more and more into His likeness, that you might honor Him with your whole life.

[1] Wreck-It Ralph. Directed by Rich Moore. Performed by John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch. USA: Disney, 2012. Film.