Finding Ourselves In Him

I think part of learning to love ourselves is understanding more fully how much God loves us. So many times we fail to accept who we are. We strive to find identity in the things we do – whether it’s through work, family, friends, or a hobby. What happens when that factor is gone from our lives? Who are we then?

Today I had a chance to share with a coworker about a defining moment in my life. It was when I was a teenager that I discovered a relationship with God is what I lacked and what I needed. I learned to find my identity in Christ. In a small group, the leader gave us a cutout shaped like a gingerbread man that said “I am a person of worth created in the image of God.” It referenced Genesis 1:27, where God made man in His image. Then, at another summer youth camp (through a different church because my family moved), my small group was called Squad 648 for Isaiah 64:8 “Yet you Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter. We are all the work of your hand.” To this day, I have this verse memorized.

I read further in Isaiah 29:16: “You have turned things around, as if the potter were the same as the clay. How can what is made say about its maker, ‘He didn’t make me’? How can what is formed say about the one who formed it, ‘He doesn’t understand what he’s doing?’”(HCSB) Bam! It hit me that when I denounce who I am or complain about certain features of my body or personality, that I am criticizing God’s handiwork. I certainly did not want to displease God or insult Him! Wow! That opened my eyes and I “opened up my Bible and read about me” (line from Steve Curtis Chapman’s song “The Great Adventure”). Ever since, I have been on this “Great Adventure” called Life.

As I mentioned to my colleague, my life has been anything but boring. My original view of life before Christ was a small box – and it seems really boring compared to the life I’ve lived that last 16 years! Ok, so it may be a little longer than that, but you get the point!

Lord, please reveal yourself to whoever is reading this right now. May you show (insert your name) that you are real, that you love and care for him/her and that you are worth living for. Forgive us when we try to do things in our own power. Show us how to trust you, and may you redeem the lost time in our lives.  Meet us in those quiet moments of thought, and even when we are surrounded. Show us who we are in you!