In the Small Group study of
we have been reminded of God's great love for us. Not only does He love us, but He does not expect us to change our basic personality to some pseudo Religious Fanatical Zealot. His only expectation is for us to completely and totally surrender to Him. THAT is what I have spent a great deal of time thinking over the last few weeks. Who am I ---the basic unit of God's creation--before the world began to morph me with shame, guilt, sorrow, anger, and all those other negatives---Who am I?
Now, I am not certain I will ever get back to that pre-primer basic layer, BUT I have gone really deep. I have made the most marvelous - wonderful discovery-
I LIKE ME!
I would be my friend. Those gifts and talents that God has blessed me with are traits I respect and look for in others. Far from perfect--sure don't have all the talents--but the basic elements of Who I am---it is good. God's perfection in His creation of ME!
SO--if God loves me, and after tireless examination, I have decided I like me---WHY then do I give myself such a hard time? Because THE WORLD has become my measuring stick--NOT GOD! I have allowed The World and others' opinions to become more important than God's. We all tell ourselves, "We don't care what others think." BUT sadly, Yes, we do. And though the world is a harsh critic, we are our own harshest critic. When do we finally believe Him? When we are able to totally surrender to Him. Even then, it requires reminders to ourselves of What He says about us and how much He loves us-
See, I have engraved you on the palm of my hand.