So today, I’m jumping right in…..
How do we define ourselves? What do we really believe to be true about ourselves?
I’ll tell you why I’m asking. Two weeks ago, I’m at the high school football game. Great game. Score going back and forth. Both teams (cue football analogy) are “leaving it all on the field”. Finally, the tie score breaks…..DCA (that’s my team….Donelson Christian Academy) scores a touchdown!! The crowd goes wild!! My favorite part of the whole drive is that one of the finest teenagers I know was the one who scored! He’s the guy that gave us the lead!
Several plays later, DCA is driving again. (For non-footballers….that means we are getting ready to score again….there is no vehicle involved.) Suddenly…..disaster! Our team fumbles……the other team recovers the ball. That’s bad. Really bad. The worst part is that the same boy who scored the touchdown to put us ahead, is the one who fumbled the ball.
You know what I noticed in those few minutes? A confusion of definiton. Two truths were involved for the same boy….touchdown score for the lead / fumble the ball and give the other team a chance. Which definiton was going to win? Hero or goat?
I have never played a down of football, and probably, many of you haven’t either. (Exception given to my husband and son who have to read my blog.) But I know this. We probably are living lives in the midst of “definition confusion”. We all have stellar hero moments in this life. And, the fact is, we all have moments we wish we could take back. Which moments define us? Which moments are the ones that we let shape our opinions about ourselves?
Can I make a suggestion? Maybe it’s time to stop defining ourselves by moments. Maybe we should consider defining ourselves by truths.
These are truths….
“….I am fearfully and wonderfully made….” (Psalms 139:14/NLT) You know what that means, don’t you? The God of the Universe made you PERFECTLY. Exactly as you are, with gifts, attributes, and well, awesomeness, that is solely and uniquely yours. Those don’t change whether you are a hero or not.
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1/NLT) This is such a freeing verse, friends! If you belong to Jesus….let the condemnation GO. Those failures, those past mistakes, those times you wish you could change…..if we are still clinging to them, we may as well be tying chains around our feet, and dragging them with us through life. While there is still a holy conviction in our lives that points us towards what we need to change, there is no condemning of our spirits. My friends, if I could say ONE thing to you now, it would be this…..
Take your failures, your pains, your mistakes, and your past TO THE FOOT OF THE CROSS AND…..LEAVE. THEM. THERE.
God made you to be more than just a scrapbook for the mistakes of your past.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.’ (2 Cor. 5:17 / HCSB) Do you get that? Better question, do you REALLY believe it? Because if you do, Christ-follower, then you need to believe this….your old junk is gone. You are new. That’s a tricky truth to believe, because sometimes I wonder if some of us “like” our junk. It’s comfortable there, even though it’s far from safe. “I’m like this because…..(insert junk)”.
Guess what? God says that stuff is gone. Believe Him. He means what He says about you. You are new. I am too. Wow. Just wow.
There’s a scene in the movie “Braveheart”, where Mel Gibson’s character, William Wallace, is running frantically down a hill, yelling….”FREEDOM”!! (Football AND Braveheart analogies in one post…..surely this is the best women’s ministry blog ever.)
My point is this…..let’s run just like William Wallace did towards the freedom Christ died for, the freedom He wants us to have. Run as if our lives depended on it….because they do.
Let’s quit being defined by moments, by others, by actions. Let’s be defined by who we are in Christ. Because that means we are very precious indeed. We are perfectly made, we are not condemned, and we are NEW.
Amen, and amen.