I don’t know about you, but all too often I let what others think of me, become the way I see myself. As I continue on this journey toward a more Confident Heart however, that is changing. Yesterday was an election day here in Virginia, and I usually do not pay too much attention to the crazy campaign ads. However, there was an ad for a particular candidate, I do not remember his name, but that is not important. The reason I am mentioning this ad at all is because he said, that a person with a disability, has a disability as a result of the sins of his/her parents or her own sins (my paraphrase). That God was using the disability as a form of punishment.
In case you were not aware, I was born with a disability. My particular disability is called Cerebral Palsy. Like any attribute that makes each of us unique, Cerebral Palsy is as different as the person who has it. By that I mean, myself, and several of my friends have the same diagnosis. However, the way we each were affected by it is different in each of us.
I said all of that to say, that if I let the words that politician said define me, I would believe that God was punishing me for some reason. Here is what I actually believe about myself:
Set apart for my unique purpose (Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 2:10)
Amazingly made by God Himself (Psalm 139:13-14)
Rescued, Restored, and Redeemed (Romans 5:8, John 3:16, Luke 19:10).
Adopted by the Kings of Kings and Lord of Lords (John 1:12, Romans 8:14-17).
Has Hope beyond her current circumstances (Philippians 4:12-13).
To anyone who is reading this, I want you to know a few things:
- I cannot be the person I described apart from Christ because I am not strong enough on my own (Phil. 4:13). Without Christ I am just a sinful, broken, human being like everyone else (Romans 3:23).
- I don’t always believe what God says about me, so please don’t think I have it all together. The truth is I don’t. Overcoming stinking thinking is a daily battle for me, just like you.
- If you don’t know who you are in Christ, I would encourage you to ask Him to show you who you are in Him. Then, if you’re like me you will need to ask Him to help you see yourself like He does.
To be honest, I believe that God has me write posts like this every so often, so that He can remind me who I am in Him. Why would he need to do that? The reason is because I tend to be pretty forgetful. Especially when I have had a hard day and feel beaten up by life.
If you would like to more about anything I’ve talked about today, please feel free to contact me, I would love to hear from you. Even if you just want to say hi or something, that’s awesome too.
It is my prayer that today; we each would take at least a moment to remember the amazing person God created us to be.
Love and Prayers,