Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.
~ Proverbs 3:5 - 6
In our home, even though our children are now adults with only one still living at home, we will often tell them as they are preparing to leave, to "make good choices." Years ago when I was a youth minister I would often tell the kids in the group, "Remember who you are, and who you belong to."
One to the most important things that any of us must realize is that each of us are a child of God and because we are, we must live each day in that identity.
I must admit, this is a difficult task at times. Some days we struggle to love others as Jesus asked us to do, but then there is also the part about loving yourself. Reminding ourselves that we are God's beloved should be our primary thought with each new day.
I know, I just lost at least half of you who are reading this, including myself! "What is he thinking?"
That's just it. What are we thinking?
Our choices and the reminder of who we belong to is something that we must address every day of our life.
Each day we are tossed about by so many things that leave us open to "respond at will."
One thing that I have grown to realize is that none of us are what I, or even others, think about you. Years ago when I suffered a serious illness where I lost my job, home, and everything I identified myself as, I suddenly had to realize that I was really none of the things that I had once thought defined me.
Each of us are members of a greater family. The family of God where God knew us while we were being shaped in our mother's womb. In the times when you feel bad about yourself, try to remember the truth of who you really are. Remember that how you often feel about yourself will match your convictions about the things you care about. For each of us, this is an incredible truth that we must decide to experience each day of our life.
In doing this, each day we must remind ourselves to not just make "good choices," or "remember who you are, " you must claim and often reclaim the identity that you are a child of God.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.