Read: Romans 12:1-2
From the moment we come into this world, we become the apple of our parents’ aspirations. Dad wants us to be drafted in the first round of t-ball. Mom wants us to be the kindergarten valedictorian. When we do well, they celebrate us and it feels awesome. But when we see the disappointment in their eyes, it stings. We learn to see ourselves the way we think other people see us. Success brings feelings of worth and confidence. Failure breeds feelings of worthlessness and insecurity.
I don’t know about you, but for me, the secret to building my self worth and identity was in achievements - first in school and then in my career. The successes were intoxicating and the need to succeed was addictive. After years of building the resume I wanted and earning the position I desired, I was empty and bewildered. Thankfully, by the grace of God, I discovered that my worth and value are not found in the exhausting performance-based life I was living. But, let me tell you, losing my self-made identity to discover my identity in Christ, IS still a process. It means recognizing harmful thought patterns and daily leaning into God’s truth to TRANSFORM my mind.
Pastor Jeff said on Sunday that what we give our praise to will reveal where we find our identity. Does your praise reveal an identity grounded in Jesus or an identity crisis? When our self-worth becomes less about what we can do, and ALL about what He has done, praise will be our natural response. That’s an aspiration worth our pursuit.
Pray: Thank you, God, that you love me even when I don’t love myself. Help me find my identity in You. Transform my mind and change me from the inside out so that my life will be a sacrifice of worship to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.