The world shouts you are not enough. The voices fill your head with: unworthy, unloved, and unable. Inside your head competing voices vie for the top position, shouting louder and stronger to draw your attention to them. Your shoulders round and insides crumble each time the picture painted before you looks nothing like you. But the world paints lies with just enough detail to resemble your outline and you visibly shrink against the portrait wishing for so much more.

Everyday we take false impressions and words that others speak about us to heart as if the only truth comes from these sources. I grew up in a home with two parents who loved me and four brothers who looked out for me. I loved this snapshot of my life because joy reigned and goodness surrounded me. But many times that stops as we grow older and enter into other environments such as school.

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When I was about ten years old, I remember recess being a time of competition especially in the area of running. Boys and girls raced against each other and I loved this because many times I won. As I reached middle school age, the friendly competition ended and clusters of girls and boys huddled together in separate groups. Giggling ensued as well as conversations of who liked who took place. The shift was palpable and as hard as I tried to fit in, I sensed that things had changed. My identity shifted from secure and confident to questioning what I needed to do to fit in.

Seeking the truth from God leads to His “I am” for our lives and that always speaks louder.

God’s “I am” is always stronger than our social media feeds. God’s truth supersedes all other “truth.”

His truth tells us…

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:3-4

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:11-12

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When the world threatens to shake the belief of who you are, God steps in and refutes every lie. His truth counteracts the “you are” and in its place we hear God’s “I am” of truth.

The world says your beauty is based on your outward appearance. God says I am beauty and you are beautiful when you hold my truth in your heart.

When you hear you are unworthy, God says I am your worth because I created you in my likeness. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

If you believe you are unloved, God says I am love. He reflects His love to us and He makes us known.

You may also hear you are not enough. God reminds us He is enough and in Him we are everything. 

You know you are loved, worthy, and enough when you allow God’s truth to speak louder than any competing voices. Rest in the truth that God sees you as the beautiful person He created. His story for you is not a mistake and His love for you is as far and wide as the ocean stretching across the horizon of your mind.

May you know who you are and whose you are.

Walking in the grace of knowing I belong to God!

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Today is the fifth day of the Chosen and Approved series that Jeanne Takenaka, Emily Conrad and I are writing with all of you in mind. The lesson I hear over and over is that to know ourselves is to know God. He is our identity and He is enough. To catch up on the whole series, click here. Join us next week for the last part of the series.
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