Who are you?

The thing is . . . we often allow our environment and circumstances . . . to identify our life.  

There is liberation to be who we are meant to be . . .  when we see ourselves through the presence and power of God . . . and believe the value God has for us.

Even so, our culture  conditions us to believe our identity is based on what is attained, accumulated, and occurs.

I Corinthians 15:10 gives insight:

But God’s amazing *grace has made me who I am! And his grace to me was not fruitless. In fact, I worked harder than all the rest, yet not in my own strength but God’s, for his empowering grace is poured out upon me (The Passion Translation).”

The word, but, reveals God’s more.  Our identity is more than we can possibly fathom through the grace of God.  It takes soul-deep work to understand what it means to identify ourselves through God’s grace.

Instead of developing a narrative that says . . .

I am messed-up.  I am no-good.  I am (fill in the blank.) . . .

we are able to say:

I am who I am by the grace of God. 

It takes intentional work to change our narrative.

But.

Our life is rich when we identify ourselves in and through the grace of God.

One more thing . . . our perception of others changes . . . when we choose to see their identity in and through the grace of God.

It’s humanity’s narrative and meditation:  “I am who I am by the grace of God.”

Sunday’s Soul Work:  Meditate on what it means anchor your identity in and through God’s grace.  Underline the truth of  I Corinthians 15:10.

~Note to parents:  I encourage you to train your mind, heart, and soul with this truth as well as your children.  There is great value in teaching our identity is based on God’s grace.  The thing is . . . kids struggle with feeling they are not enough . . . especially when they think they failed.

Their world changes when they realize failure is a lesson . . .  and regret is a teacher . . . not their identity. 

*Grace is the power to do what we can’t do on our own.

Sunday Soul Work: 

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