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How God Sees You

I cannot begin to tell you how many times I wish my kids could see themselves as I see them. They are so loved. They are so cherished. They are so blessed. I can’t fathom loving them any more than I already do. But from their perspective it is impossible to see these things to the full extent of their reality. I wish so badly that they could understand things from my perspective but they just aren’t able. So then I hope that in time that they can grow more and more to see themselves as I see them…to see themselves as courageous, as lovable and as people who belong.

Then I think about where my blindspots are in my own self image. Where are the places I fail to see myself as God sees me? Where are the areas in my life and qualities of my character that I am far harder on myself than God is? Oh to see ourselves as our Father sees us would be a game-changer. I am sure God cannot fathom loving us any more than he already does. This would take away our shame. It would remove from us as far as the east is from the west, not our transgressions (he has already done that) but the guilty feelings of our transgressions that seems to haunt us longer than the actual guilt that Jesus has already taken from us.

I wish I could see myself as God sees me. Just like with my own children it wouldn’t mean everything I am doing is okay (I mess up a lot) but that I am okay even when I mess up because it doesn’t change who I am or the value I have. My kids have a hard time understanding this and, apparently, I do as well!

It would also change my view of myself in light of my view of my own siblings. One of the greatest challenges as a parent is to moderate sibling rivalry and to balance our words with our kids. You can’t seem to compliment one without complimenting the other because siblings are constantly in competition. I often wish my kids could understand how I see each of them and the similarities and differences that exist so that they would appreciate both self and other in some validating ways. Then I think about my own self-evaluation in light of my spiritual siblings and think about how frustrating it must be to God to see his children comparing themselves and defining their worth based on each other and how we think God sees other people compared to ourselves. Somehow we never grew out of it…we just reapplied these principles to a much larger family.

A lot would change if I could see myself as God sees me but the truth is I will never have that kind of vision of reality. Instead, I have to come to know my Father better in order to understand myself and my spiritual siblings. The more I know my Father and listen to him the more I realized how lovable I am and just how much I belong…and you do too…and both of those are great things that never call for comparison. They only call on us to rejoice in the reality of God’s view of each and every one of us…even if it is hard to understand.

Hearing God

“In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.” – 1 Samuel 3:1 In our day and age, it isn’t that God isn’t communicating with us, it is that we aren’t good listeners. I don’t think “the word of the Lord” is “rare” today. I think we have gottenContinue Reading

Love is the Inevitable Result of Purity

“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” – 1 Peter 1:22-23   1 PeterContinue Reading

Learning to Talk With God

Raising kids makes for some fun and challenging times. One of the things that we feel is essential to their growth and maturity is how to talk with adults. There are basic rules of civility that we want our kids to know and do when it comes to talking with adults, for example – lookContinue Reading

Filling the Emptiness

In order for anything to get filled it must have room to receive. If something is already full there is no room for anything new. When we make ourselves overly busy we have no room left to be filled. Ironically our busyness is often an indicator of our emptiness. When we fill our hearts withContinue Reading

Catching God in One of His Grocery Store Parenting Moments

If you are a parent you know the moment…it is that moment when you have had enough. Your kid has done something for the umpteenth time and they have been at it for several hours. You finally hit your limit and you let them know it in the strongest possible terms…in public. Store patrons areContinue Reading

Do the Next Right Thing

Somethings things get complicated. It gets hard to make what seems to be the best decision. If you do this, someone gets hurt. If you do something else, someone else might get upset. It can drive you crazy trying to figure out what to do. Missy and I have this saying that we will oftenContinue Reading

Pharaoh’s First Words

“Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’” Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know theContinue Reading

Chosen By God: Two Extremes and Some Middle Ground

Just how much is God at work in the world? Is God responsible for all things or nothing at all? Is God involved in every detail of every happening or has God left us to fend for ourselves? There are two extreme positions to just how much God works in the world. On one sideContinue Reading

Logos Review: The Indelible Image By Ben Witherington

Take a New Testament theology and blend it with a commentary on the whole New Testament and then pull out the resulting ethical message of every New Testament writer in nearly every new Testament book and you get a 1700 page, 2 volume book of excellence that is “The Indelible Image” by Ben Witherington. ThisContinue Reading

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