My husband has a special styling routine for my son’s hair before school. When it is completed, my son will walk to me and receive the usual compliment, “Wow! You look so handsome!” He got used to this routine of the styling and Mommy’s comment afterward.
After some time, I got busy when he came to me as I was distracted with other morning responsibilities. I didn’t compliment him as I had done before. He had a solution. After his hair was fixed up, he would pull on my leg and say, “Mommy, I handsome!”
He believed it for himself! He had heard these words so much that despite my silence, he would claim it for himself.
Aren’t there times in our lives that we forget our identity? We get used to what the world says: “you’re not the type of person we are looking for”, “you’re not good enough”, “you’re too tall/too short/not intelligent enough/not a hard worker”. We start to hear it so much that those lies get ingrained into what we believe about ourselves.
Who are you? Who created you?
The line from “No Longer Slaves” by Bethel resonates with me:
“I’ve been born again
into Your family
Your blood flows through my veins.
I’m no longer a slave to fear,
I am a child of God”
Who am I?
I am a child of God.
When the world says I’m not good enough, I will believe that I am a child of God.
When the world says I don’t have what it takes/ I’m inadequate/I’m a failure, I will choose to believe that I am a child of God.
And what does that mean? That means I am a conqueror, I am redeemed, I am purified, sanctified, made whole by the blood of Jesus. His blood flows through my veins.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9