I Peter 2:9 (CEB)
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God’s own possession. You have become this people so that you may speak of the wonderful acts of the one who called you out of darkness into his amazing light.”
We can’t always depend on others to build us up. We can’t hang on every word that is spoken in order for us to be better people. Do you remember growing up and if a boy or girl would say something nice to you, that was it, you could die and go to heaven cause life was good. It’s so natural and we all do it. We want to feel that acceptance and love. It’s not wrong but it can get a little scary. The problem is, what if those peeps around us tell us something not kind or a little more abrupt, then what? We kind of spiral downwards. Maybe they are speaking some truth in a situation but maybe they are also speaking out of their own pain. Then we get tangled in the belief of what they said and it just gets nasty.
We are all human and we all do it. Many times we try and have good intentions to go with our words but unfortunately we live in reality where the perfect words that can speak into our lives can and should only come from Jesus. I think we all go through periods in our lives when our self esteem can just be shot. What we think of ourselves is just not pretty so we end up trying to get fed from others. The actions and the words from around become our safe zone. But one wrong slip up from the outside and we are caught in the belief of what they said. When we believe in a Father who fearfully and wonderfully designed us, we get to block out what’s around us. I’m gonna get real a sec (surprise, surprise), there was a time a few years back where I starved myself. Probably ate about 5 pretzels a day and a few vegetables. Wouldn’t even drink water because it would make the scale move. People around me had no idea, obviously, of what was really going on so they were trying to be nice. Telling me how amazing I looked because of all the weight I lost. I LOVED it yet it pushed me farther and farther. I thrived off of all those words because I wanted to feel loved. My body was stolen from me when I was so young that as I continued to grow up, I didn’t know how to love me. I depended on others to fill that. Not good. I say all of this because we have a beautiful and lovely Daddy who needs to fill our souls and hearts with all the amazing words that really describe who we are. Ultimately, no one else should matter and truth be told, that can be incredibly freeing!
You are exceptional and not because I think so but because Christ thinks so. Who you are and what you do in this life makes a difference no matter who is speaking at you. Know that He made you so uniquely that really no one can speak into the depths of your soul like He can. Spend time with Him today. Let Him fill you with the truth. You kick some serious you-know-what. I promise that’s what He’s gonna say (wink, wink)
“You are beautiful I know because I made you! -God”