Imago dei = The Image of God (Hebrew: צֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים; tzelem elohim, lit. "image of God", "image of the Holy Spirit", often appearing in Latinas Imago Dei) is a real image, concept and theological doctrine in Christianity, Judaism and Sufi Islam, which asserts that human beings are created in God's image and therefore have inherent value independent of their utility or function.
We are created in the image of God, regardless of what we do or don't
do to further the beauty He has inherently created within us. All of
creation bears His indelible stamp. All of creation exudes beauty
simply by existing. I listened to the birds chirping this morning
(actually it was more like the honking of geese this particular morning.
Lots of geese heading South, I'm guessing). But I digress .
songs are not sung because of a desire to be heard, admired or
applauded. They sing because they were created. They can't help it.
They make a joyful noise because they must give expression in the only
way provided for them.
We who are created in the very image of God have a choice. We can
choose to reflect His image in a beautiful way or not. Yet, in our
humanity we may determine certain behaviors and presentations more or
less beautiful than others, our simple existence demands we reflect
Him. We can't help it. We are in His image. We reflect Him.
How much more powerful could we reflect that image of God if we looked
at every single day as an opportunity to leave a trail of beauty?
Simply put, we are beautiful to Him. He created us. We leave beauty
behind when we are being all He created us to be. We can't help but be
beautiful when we see ourselves through His eyes.
On His Beauty-full Adventure~