School is back in session which somewhat signifies the end of summer. I have traded in the sound of kids running in the neighborhood for the many after school updates from my middle schooler. She always has a very detailed update to provide as soon as she opens the car door. I must admit that my curiosity often peaks as to what happened during the school day so I often find myself rushing through the car rider line to catch up on the latest scoop! I remember, oh so well, being in middle school; a very crucial time of body changes and acceptance (among so much more). It is a time when identity can be misconstrued and even at that young age, our minds begin to battle about who we are.
Even into adulthood, we struggle with identity. In an age of social media and quick access to almost anything, we can battle with identity because our minds are being infiltrated with images (almost nonstop) of what other imperfect human beings label as being acceptable or unacceptable. This then, can create an open door for Satan to wage war on our minds, wearing us down until our identity is left in question.
I like to give an example of: if someone called you an apple or a rock, that probably wouldn’t bother you that much. Why? Because you know in your heart and mind that you are not an apple or a rock! That statement would more than likely roll right off your shoulders, and not affect you at all. We should have the same approach when the enemy tries to whisper to our minds, that we “are a loser”, “not pretty”, “never will make it”, “not like other women/men” and the list goes on and on!
The truth is, so much is settled when we know who we are and whose we are!
God in His perfection created us. He is the same God who put those bright, shiny stars in the sky. He is the same God who intricately divided the land to form continents, countries, even down to states and towns. He is the same God who created vast amounts of water to create the oceans, lakes, and rivers that surround us. He perfectly made everything that we see and even what we don’t see for that matter (heaven). So why, when it comes down to creating us, would He all of a sudden, not be perfect? God is perfect and He perfectly designed each of us even down to the most delicate detail.
Psalms 139:13 (New Living Translation) You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Therefore, we cannot let an imperfect enemy (Satan), imperfect past, imperfect generation before us, and certainly not another imperfect human define who we are!
Genesis 1:27 (New Living Translation) So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.
We have to constantly walk closely with God so we can always hear what He says about us. His approval and acceptance of us trumps everyone else’s. He will guide us and always lovingly bring us back to Him when we are off track. In our different seasons of life, He is always there to cheer us on and remind us of just who we are!