Here’s beautiful truth: You are who God says you are!
And God says you’re worth it and you’re lovely.
Pretty amazing, isn’t it? God cares about you and me and everyone. But isn’t it tough to believe that something so wonderful is true? That he protects you? That he cares?
In fact, you may have struggled with believing you matter and that God has a good plan for your life. Have you ever asked yourself questions like,
- Do I make a difference in anyone’s life?
- Does God smile when he thinks of me?
- How can God love me?
The truth is, Jesus is with you. He loves you. He cares.
Two Encouraging Stories
Corrie Ten Boom: God’s Protection
Chances are, you’ve heard parts of Corrie Ten Boom’s WWII story. Her family hid Jews in a secret place in their home above their watch shop. When the Nazis discovered their secret in 1944, they arrested the Ten Boom family and sent them to a concentration camp.
Upon arrival at the camp, Corrie and her sister, Betsie, waited in line to be searched. And guess what Corried did? She prayed.
With a bible hidden in her clothing, she prayed that the Nazis would not find it. She prayed, “Dear God, you have given me this precious Book. You have kept it hidden through checkpoints and inspections.” The Nazis searched the woman in front of Corrie, and they searched Betsie.
But Corrie? They left her alone. The bible stayed with her in the camp, and God’s word kept hatred from her heart.
Like Corrie, you are secure because you are hidden in Christ.
You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble. Psalm 32:7
Sandi: Small Acts of Kindness
Years ago I counseled “Sandi,” whose parents were addicts and abused her every which way imaginable. As the eldest, she would stand between her parents and her little brothers and sisters, sparing them and taking the punishment. And she was a child too!
The authorities caught up with Sandi’s parents, who were convicted of child abuse and distributing child pornography, and served time in prison. Sandi and her siblings ended up in foster care. Yet God blessed her and gave her a desire to be kind to others.
Among her stories I love is the time she noticed a homeless woman taking food from a dumpster behind a fast food joint, She offered her her own uneaten lunch. The woman declined at first. Then Sandi began regularly buying two lunches a few times a week–one for herself, one for the woman–and the woman ate hers.
Sandi’s small acts of kindness demonstrated the truth that God treasures all people–Sandi, you, me. And the homeless.
Like Sandi, you are significant because you are precious in God’s eyes.
You are precious and honored in my sight…because I love you. Isaiah 43:4
Scriptures About You
Read through this short list of the truth of who you are. May I encourage you to look up the bible verses too? They are hope for your heart.
I have a long list too. If you want the long list, please send me a message with the words “Who I Am in Christ” in the subject line and I’ll send it to you.
You are precious to God. (Isaiah 43:4)
You are a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
You are complete. (Colossians 2:9,10)
You are secure. (Romans 8:31-39)
You are God’s workmanship. (Ephesians 2:10)
You are God’s treasure. (1 Peter 2:9,10)
Father, thank you for reminding us who we are in Christ. Thank you that when you look at us you see true beauty that comes from your Son, our Savior. Amen.
Counseling Hope to Your Heart,