Isaiah 43:1-9 is one of my favorite passages of Scripture.
It is marked in each Bible I possess… I hold these words, His promises, in my heart. I recite them to myself on hard days when I get tangled up in all of the labels and the expectations this insane world strap onto my heart and plant in my mind.
In complete transparency, over the last 5 months I have battled with an irrational desire to measure up, constantly comparing myself to others, and seeing myself as less than others around me.
It has been grueling. I have done this at church, at school, and even in my home. It has created anxiety issues and has robbed me of joy and peace. The enemy has had a field day in my heart and mind because I ALLOWED it!
I hate feeling as if I am constantly competing with others.
I. HATE. IT.
In truth when I feel this pressure, I usually pull in and hide. I quit…
This type of competition steals my confidence and wrecks my ability to create.
It’s weird, isn’t it?
We let all sorts of people (and who knows what labels) define us. We tell ourselves that our lives will be perfect if we can just jump through “this hoop” or be like someone or follow someone’s else advice because they seem to have it all together. We allow social media and Pinterest and the opinions of others to mold and manipulate our fragile hearts and minds.
We listen to the lies, and we hide other people’s criticism in our hearts and play them on repeat when we’re alone. We so desperately want to be known or remembered for something that we’ll sometimes settle for being known for anything.
And when we do that, we chip away at our true identity, which has ONLY ever been – and will ONLY ever be – in Him.
I am so grateful that Jesus looks at all the words, the labels, and names we call ourselves – the things that we think will make us known – (and praise Him…) He just shakes His head…
He says… “Nope. No ma’am… Here’s what really and truly matters, darlin’!
YOU. ARE. MINE. ❤️“
I want you to remind yourself of that today.
You. Are. His.
I. Am. His.
No one else gets to define you. No one else gets to tell you who you are.
And because of that, you will never find true and lasting peace in a title, in a role, or in an identity.
You should absolutely do your best at whatever you undertake.
Colossians 3:23 is pretty clear about that. “Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people.”
But your work, or another person’s evaluation of it – has NO bearing on your value as a person.
Just in case you have forgotten, I want to remind you of something that will shatter your heart and make your life so much sweeter:
The Lord established and sealed your value before the foundation of time.
He created you with GREAT intention.
He loves you more than you could ever imagine,
And at the end of the day … HIS OPINION is the ONLY ONE that matters.
You are a deeply loved child of God.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
AND You are precious in His sight.
THAT, sweet one, is what defines you.. who defines you!
🎵Sing with me…
“JESUS LOVES ME THIS I KNOW…
FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO…
“WEARY” ONES TO HIM BELONG.
” I AM WEAK”… BUT HE IS STRONG…
YES, JESUS LOVES ME…
YES, JESUS LOVES ME.
YES, JESUS LOVES ME…
FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO.”