My dear sister in Christ, do you realize who you are?
Often times, I find myself being called a number of things: wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter, friend, sister, teacher, speaker, writer, meanie (by my 4 year old when he doesn’t want to nap), uneducated, “just a stay at home mom”, a hero, a failure. Does that define who I am? Absolutely not!
I had a horrible experience with a very educated man recently. He doesn’t know me. Yet, I attempted to be personable with him. He treated me so poorly that I walked away in tears by his unkind words to me.
I did not sin against this man. He does not know of my works good or bad. He simply chose to treat me poorly. I considered that maybe he was having a bad day or something in his personal life may be going on to treat me so insensitively but the words he spoke and the attitude he showed towards me affected me for days.
Then I remembered that just because a stranger thought this of me doesn’t mean it is who I am.
What does this one man’s opinion matter if I am basing my identity in Christ?
“A significant woman bases her identity on who God says she is and she is committed to do nothing more and nothing less than what her identity demands. In other words, as I line up my thoughts to God’s thoughts about me, I will become a woman God can use. When I see myself through God’s eyes, I realize my value. I am nothing more than a woman saved by His grace, but I am nothing less than a new creation.”
So do you know who you are? I made a reminder with scriptures of who God says I am to hang up on my mirror. There will never be a more educated being than the Almighty Father who created me, knows the number of hairs on my head, the stars in the sky, the pains and joys of my heart, each mistake I’ve made and every tear I have cried. And yet, He still CHOSE me to be called His.
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit--fruit that will last--and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”
I encourage you to print this list out for yourself. Hang it up somewhere that you will see it daily. Then take a few moments to read through it each day to remind yourself of who you are to God. Today as the world tries to tell you who are, judge you, or pull you in 1,000 different directions, embrace His Word and love for you.
We as humans tend to be critical of ourselves and others. When we accept God’s love for us, we can better love Him and those around us.
“We love because He first loved us.”
~1st John 4:19
I come to you in humble submission of my thoughts. I ask for forgiveness for my judgmental heart. I ask forgiveness for those who have also judged me.
The world may not see the value in the person before them but You do. I will trust my heart to You. Help me to receive all that You have called me.
May our relationship deepen as I discover Your unfailing love. I hope that my love for You will strengthen and overflow to those around me.