A thought by Maria Goff (2017-03-07) from her book, Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What You Want (Kindle Location 663). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
We too many times live out the lies that someone in our past told us about us. They just weren’t true but we believed them, didn’t we?
Maria says, “Lies are a lot like lava. They slip in under the doors and burn down anything they touch. If we hear enough lies about ourselves, we can lose who we are. We set off new volcanoes every time we repeat those lies to ourselves or to others. In the aftermath, we try to cope with our insecurities by trying to be someone else rather than who God intended for us to be.”
She goes on, “It’s easy to get discouraged when we see others succeed while we stay stuck, like we were planted in a pot. We overlook our own unique gifts as we crane our necks, looking in everyone else’s mirror. We wonder if who we are is enough.”
But then she says, “Yet still, the mirror held in the strong hands of Jesus reflects how He sees us. His confident voice whispers to us, ‘I see you. I made you. I love you. We can do this.’ Our reflection never looks more accurate than when we stop looking at the emptiness of the box and instead gaze into the mirror He holds.”
She then says, “Things can happen in our lives and it’s like a switch gets flipped off inside of us and suddenly the world looks so different. A lot of us go through life without ever flipping it back on again. The good and simple news of the gospel is this: God’s got the switch. When our weak hands don’t have the strength, the strong hands of Jesus help us turn our lives back on again.
Would you let Him help you turn your life back on again?