"I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast towards you. Nevertheless, I am continually with you, you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.
You? A leader? You are not a leader. You're so clumsy. Emma can't do it. You are not that good. That looks so weird. You're ugly. You're not good enough. I can tell you right now that's not going to work. You're so skinny. Your voice is just average, nothing special. That sounds weird when you sing low. You're not singing on tune. You can't do it. You're so weird. You never remember to do it. You're going to fail the first time you try. You're going to be so bad at driving. You're going to crash and kill us all. I don't trust you. You're not worthy.
It's engraved in my mind. It's burned in my heart. It's who I am - or can I be something different? Am I what they say about me, am I who I think I am, or is there a third option? No one thinks I'm enough, no one thinks I can do it, no one thinks I can - those are the thoughts that generally stick with me. Sure, maybe it gives me motivation to prove them wrong - but I'd ten times rather have positivism than a motive to prove someone wrong.
Am I what the people around me think? Am I perfect, like they say, and never mess up? Am I hopelessly flawed, like some others may think? Or am I who I think I am? Am I a Christian, but one who always makes mistakes and lets others down? Am I a failure? Or am I both of the two?
The way people think of me and the way I think of myself have both mashed together and formed who I believe I am. But there's one more crucial part in my thinking- and that's what my GOD thinks about me. No matter what other people may think, no matter what I may think about myself - what God thinks about me will never change. His love for you -and for me- is unending, unwavering, unrestrained. He loved you so much that He sent His only Son to die on a cross for your sins! And why? Because He loves you that much! Who cares what the world thinks of you? God thinks that you are worth dying for! I don't know about you, but that's pretty crazy! Crazy in a good way, of course, but I mean, WOW! That's real love!!
Family, you need to know who you are in Christ. Most importantly, you need to know who God is, and then you need to know who you are. Without a strong foundation and a clear understanding of who you are, other people are just going to mold you into whoever they want you to be. You need to fight the urge to be like the world and strive to be like Christ.
So the question remains: who am I?
Through this series, I pray that you'd learn more about yourself and who God says you are. Maybe you've thought some of the things that have burdened my heart. Maybe you believe some of the lies others have told you. Maybe you've thought the things on the photo about yourself - put yourself in the person's shoes, think of the opposite of that statement, or the positive version, and thank God for making you who you are. I pray that the lies Satan has told you about yourself will fall down, break, and be destroyed this week in the name of JESUS. You are loved, family, remember that! God bless, and see you tomorrow!
"I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart;
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"I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all of my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds."