I startle easily. It isn’t a secret, in fact, it’s a point of hilarity in my house for my sons and husband. The thing is, if I am startled, I may strike out at the person who surprised me. Not exactly something I want to put on a resume, ya know?
Today at work a friend came up behind me and startled me, I had something in my hand that I couldn’t drop which is what saved her from my reaction. When I told her about my “fight” response to being scared or startled she told me, “Go ahead, hit me. I probably deserve it.”
My heart dropped.
Who taught this precious person that she was deserving of being hit? Of being devalued? It was all I could do to not stand on a chair in our break room and launch into a “mom” lecture about her value. My body reacted with such deep anger, protection, and frustration I had to stand still until I could wrangle my emotions.
Scripture refutes my friend’s self-image completely and I wanted to just stop everything to tell her to stop that kind of thinking. But I know telling ourselves to “stop” doing something isn’t as simple as switching off the light. We need to change our thoughts and take them captive (2 Corinthians 10:5).
O Best Beloved, don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? Hasn’t anyone told you?
God says we are precious in His sight (Isaiah 43:4b).
He says we are His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10).
God says we are His children (Galatians 3:26).
We are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
Because of God’s blessings we are: blessed, accepted, adopted, chosen, redeemed, and forgiven (Ephesians 1:2-8).
Why would we believe that we are deserving of anything less than being treasured? Where do the lies come from?
Don’t you see, if we believe the lies he weaves into the speech of others we begin to doubt who we are in Christ, and what we can do with Him through His power. We become as worthwhile as a deflated balloon.
But, Dear Ones, if we could just hear how Heaven sees us.
If we could just understand that God sees us as His precious sons and daughters, His perfect creation- created in His image. Would we still stand in front of our bathroom mirrors critiquing ourselves?
Would we downplay the God-given talents and gifts we have flowing through our hearts and minds? Would we allow someone else to put us down with their words or worse, their fists, just because we thought we deserved it? That is not our true identity.
This is our true identity- we are Children of the living God, co-heirs with Christ, Who conquered death, defeating it forever, rising from the dead. This same Jesus will one day come back for you and for me (Philippians 2:5-11). Why would we have our heads down, acting like we don’t deserve anything more than dirt?
Do not, for one more minute believe you deserve less than what God has designed and created you to receive. We are created by God for so much more than the enemy would ever want us to know.
We are here to challenge the very gates of Hell through God’s amazing power (Matthew 16:18). We are here to bring the orphans and widows into families (James 1:27), to love and forgive, to embrace and encourage, to teach and be taught by those who know the Truth and are gifted to teach it to others.
O Best Beloved, join me. Let us lift our heads high, raise our hands to Heaven and allow the sweet Truth of our lives wash over us.