But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.Isaiah 43:1
Embellishing Who She Was
She spent a lot of time embellishing who she was. In other words, she made up a lot of who she was.
“Jessica” (not her real name) started a new school in the fall. And, as usually happens, she felt that this was an opportunity to make a fresh start.
But because of the way she was brought up (as she found out later) she felt the need to embellish some aspects of who she was.
She told people she played softball. Which was true. She could play the game. But the part she embellished was how well she played (not nearly as well as she told people).
Jessica also told some of her new friends (but not all of them) that she had drug use in her past. This was not true whatsoever. However, Jessica felt it gave her character “color.”
It was only years later, when Jessica spent time with a Christian counselor, that she figured out why she did this.
She felt that her own life was not important. Jessica felt her life was not interesting enough.
This is a common feeling among people and Christians are not exempt.
The Big Lie
Jessica is a Christian. Has been all her life. Yet, she felt that the life she had been given by God wasn’t one other people would be interested in.
This is a lie. A lie that comes from a specific place and person.
Satan wants us to believe that the person God is making us to be is not interesting to other people.
Satan convinced Jessica – however indirectly – that she needed to colorize her black-and-white life so that others would like and love her.
This is sad. Worse, it is untrue! God doesn’t make mistakes!
God created Jessica – and all of us – to be exactly who we are.
Sure, sin gets in the way, like it did for Jessica. That’s why Jesus came! To forgive sin and give us new life! (See John 10:10).
A New Life
I have found it enlightening and satisfying to start each day acknowledging this truth.
God has made me who I am. Yes, it is true I am a work in progress, but I am God’s work in progress!
I start each day asking God to forgive my sin. In this forgiveness promised to me through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus (see Ephesians 1:7), my daily life is transformed.
As a forgiven man, I can live the life God has given me and is molding in me. Part of that lived-life is knowing God brought me to this place for such a time as this (see Esther 4:14).
What still haunts me is the same thing that haunts Jessica. Not that she embellishes now, but that she embellished then. Satan still whispers those memories in her ears.
Jessica is strengthened by the fact that some of the people she embellished her life to then are still her friends today. Not because of who she was. But because of who God made Jessica to be.
That gives her encouragement and God uses it to strengthen her each day.
Heavenly Father, I confess that you have created me. I believe that you are making me into the person I am today every day. I pray that you will bind Satan who lies to me about who I am. I want to live my life as you have made me in order to show who you are – a loving and caring Creator. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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