If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be? Seriously, do it.
What did you say? Did you define yourself as an athlete, girlfriend, sister, or other title? Or did you define yourself as loving, caring, strong-willed, or another adjective?
This is the question I challenged my team to think about this past weekend. It’s one of the most important questions we will ever wrestle with. Who am I? It dictates how we walk into situations, how we view other people, how we handle the ever changing world we live in.
So how do we determine who we are? How do we shift our minds from seeing ourselves as the roles we play to the person we are? We do this by seeing ourselves the way God created us to be seen. As someone who is:
- Created in His Image – Genesis 1:27
- Unconditionally Loved – John 3:16
- A Child of the One True God – John 1:12-13
- Known – Jeremiah 1:5
- Saved – Romans 10:13
- Forgiven – Colossians 3:13
and so much more….
Do you see the difference? We often see ourselves and define ourselves by OUR actions, OUR work, OUR circumstances, but those change, God’s love and view of us DOES NOT CHANGE. When we’re rooted and established in God we start to accept things for what they are. We’re imperfect people living in an imperfect world, so why do we expect perfection from ourselves? Why do we define our success and self-worth based on our performance that day? Why not understand that we’re going to have failures, we’re going to have set-backs and at the same time we’re going to have successes and accomplishments? At the end of the day we are everything listed above no matter what happened or what we did or didn’t do that day.
When we start to accept that about ourselves, we start to accept it in others as well. Too often we define others by their jobs or accomplishments. We dislike co-workers or teammates because of their performance in said project or game. But why? Why not see them as a forgiven and dearly loved Child of God just like yourself. Why not see them as a man or woman created in the Image of God, known by God, Saved by God, Loved by God? When we start seeing people like God does do you think it will change our outlook on life? I do.
So why not try. Today. This week. This month. Read through the scripture and see all the many different words God uses to describe his Children, then challenge yourself to see yourself and others for everything God made you to be. Not for their flaws and failures or for their successes and titles, or the ever changing identity we create for ourselves, but see them in the unchanging identity God has given them. I think you’ll find a huge weight lifted off your shoulders when you realize you are enough. What you’ve done does not define you, what’s been done to you does not determine your value. Only God can determine your value and he values you enough to send His one and only Son to die for you so that you could forever be with Him. I don’t know about you, but for me that’s life-changing. I am enough. You are enough. We are enough. Why? Because God says we are and that will never change.