A few years ago, a group of friends gave me a card and all signed it. One of them began her sentiment with, “Lisa, you are......
Well, that’s how it ended because she never completed her thought or that sentence.
I’m not sure what she intended to write there, (:-/ ) but it has become classic laugh line among us to say each other’s names and then say: ”you are...” leaving it at that.
(We are obviously easily amused.)
It seems like we humans are constantly defining ourselves to others and ourselves doesn’t it?
If you’re like most people, you probably find yourself responding either inwardly with a thought, or verbally with a word or two, to the variety of stimuli that comes your way daily.
“I like candy, but I don’t like licorice. I am pretty good at parallel parking ( thats for the 1% of you) I stink at scrabble. I like my hair. I hate my hair. I can dance. I can’t sing. I am ugly. I feel pretty. I understand algebra. I’m not very smart.”
I think for many, much of this self-defining process takes the form of what we perceive we are not.
But, I like my friend’s approach....She was at least going to attempt to focus on what I was.
And that is good advice for all of us.
However, the definition of who we are is left up to ourselves or others, discouragement can quickly set in. We are flawed in even our best estimations, simply because neither of us have the right perspective or all the information.
Nope. If we are gonna play this word game and win, we need to use Master’s dictionary. Only it provides the whole meaning of our identity.
Let’s listen to a few definitions of who He says we are in His Word:
1.Feeling like you just don’t belong? Reject that notion and join a club who only acceptance policy is knowing Jesus. It’s doors and His arms are always open to you, His child.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:3-6
2.Are nagging thoughts that say, “you just don’t measure up”, leaving you lacking and puzzled? Find the missing piece to contentment by placing your life squarely in Jesus’ mighty hands.
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. Colossians 2:9-10
3. Think you are never going to amount to anything? That your life just isn’t worth that much to anyone? Decline that worthless idea and value this priceless truth:
“....you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, “ 1 Peter 1:18
Today, continue to let God complete the sentences of who you are in Christ.
Which above all things is greatly loved!
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10
Here’s some audio inspiration to go with these thoughts!
I really think you will be encouraged..:-)
Jason Gray “Remind Me Who I Am”