1 John 3:7
Little children (believers, dear ones), do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who practices righteousness [the one who strives to live a consistently honorable life-in private as well as public–and to conform to God’s precepts] is righteous, just as He is righteous. (Amplified)
As I reflect on my life, I sometimes view it in different ways. I do believe everything happens for a reason, however I also believe a lot of the choices that I have made in this life have ordained the path for my life.
I often reflect on how I have gotten to where I am today. I have found a reoccurring pattern in my past, I was continually trying to be someone I wasn’t created to be. It has taken me a long time to claim my own true identity, I used to want to put everyone else’s identity on to try to attain the life I thought that I wanted.
I was too afraid to be who I was created to be, for what…for fear no one would like the real me…false, I’m awesome, fearfully and wonderfully made. Being ashamed that if I didn’t have everything together and didn’t have the best then I wasn’t good enough, again false…I was trying to conform to the patterns of the world. I am enough, just the way I am and so are you!
Do you see a reoccurring theme, I followed lies…I knew who God was but I did not KNOW Him. I knew who He said I was, but at the time it wasn’t good enough for me. When I look back, I can easily see that I was led astray, by the enemy mainly, who presented himself in various forms. Mostly disguised as something I was never created to be. I let myself be led astray by people I looked up to, reasoning my actions to fit my desires. I don’t want to be that stumbling block for others, I won’t be! I have replaced all of those lies with life giving truths, the way they are intended to be used.
Do you see that trying to find my identity in this world was an impossible feat? When I finally realized that my true identity is only found in one place, it changed everything and changed it for the better. That place is a genuine relationship with Jesus, not just on a need to know basis. Claiming Him as the Lord of my life, accepting His salvation and not being afraid of who I am called to be. A relationship that reassures me that I am good enough, I have a purpose. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17
Claim those promises for yourself!
Your future is bright, amazing, wonderful, life-filled, given, meaningful, whole, happy…I could go on and on. Not a life without heartache and trials, but a belief that you can overcome anything because of the one you have on your side. Consider it pure joy, my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
As the amplified version of 1 John 3:7 summed up what I am trying to say, I want my private life and my public life to be one in the same. I don’t want my kids, my family, my friends, you, or anyone for that matter to not be led astray by me saying one thing and then acting in another. I want to spur my home and surroundings onward in righteousness, I want to spur you on to live the life you were called to live through faithfulness. I want our lives to make a difference, I long for my family and community to make the world a better place by our living and our actions.
What are you longing for today? It says a lot about where your priorities stand…examine your heart and make steps to align it with the word of God. Which direction are you leading your sheep?
Let’s all be who we were created to be, each filling our own unique roles. Grow in love where you are planted. Leading others in truth.
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1 Peter 5:7-8