I swear, the one person on this Earth who knows me better than I know myself is Momma FF. This morning, she sent me an email that went something like this…
The part about going on a date sometime soon pretty much made my day :) It means a lot to me when she expresses that she would like to spend more time together, especially because I know how busy she is.
Next, she copied and pasted this Fellowship of Christian Athletes daily devotional that I used to get delivered to my work email address:
“Who Are You?
Monday, January 23rd, 2012
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:17
As a student-athlete in high school, the only thing that I liked about myself was my basketball ability. My self-worth was based completely on my performance on the court. Although I knew Christ, it took a lot of painful losing and poor performances for me once I got to college to realize that my self-worth was very skewed.
After I began to read the Bible more, I realized that none of the verses showed that God loved me any less based on my performance. I did, however, find many verses based on how God viewed me as His child.
When we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we begin to see that we are children of God, and that is enough. Our self-image, bad habits, weaknesses, poor performances, etc., have nothing to do with who we are or how God loves us. On the contrary, when we look down on ourselves, we actually hinder our relationship with Him. As Oswald Chambers says, “The way we continually talk about our own inability is an insult to the Creator.” When we tear ourselves down, we ultimately tell God that He did a pretty bad job of creating us.
We have two options in response to this. We can choose to go to God to show us who we are and reveal our true identity, or we can choose to go to others and the world to tell us who we are. Only one will bring peaceful truth.
Enjoy who God made you to be in Christ!
1. Who are you?
2. What lies about yourself do you need to stop believing? What truths about yourself do you need to start believing?
3. What do you need to do in order to see yourself as a child of God?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Amanda Tewksbury is the FCA Area Representative of Bangor, Maine. She grew up in New Jersey and was a student-athlete at the University of Maine for four years. “
She couldn’t be more right…for SO long, I didn’t recognize the fact that I am a precious gem in God’s eyes…not because of my talents, the way I looked, my achievements, my ambition, or even my attitude…He simply loves me because I’m His child. In fact, He loves me more than I could ever imagine… For any of you mothers out there, I’m sure you have an idea of what a parents love really is like…now, multiply that times 1253487651365987 and you still only have an inkling of the magnitude that is God’s love for us.
I just want you to know…incase you’ve forgotten, GOD LOVES YOU…not your posessions, not your skills, not your achievements…JUST YOU.