Twenty years ago when I was a young mom, I had no idea I would have the honor of standing on stage this Mother’s Day with my beautiful daughter, Danielle, and my lovely daughter-in-luv, Katy! Dreams do come true!
We shared with our church family about their unmatched VALUE to their Creator. In stark contrast, the culture tries to tell us who we are, what we should look like, act like, weigh, and even that we need to have certain things to live a significant life. It encourages us to conform to a particular mirror image. But the problem is, culture is elusive, it’s always changing. If we try to find our identity there, it will always lead to frustration as we compete with others and compare ourselves to everything around us.
Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its mold, but let God re-mold your mind from within. We need to let God change us from the inside out! Romans 12:2 Phillips
The culture we live in often gives us the wrong mirror images to look at, but as Danielle shared, “There is a perfect mirror – God’s word – that gives us accurate and wonderful images to believe!” As a mom, it was breathtaking to hear my daughter share with thousands of people how we need to allow God’s thoughts alone shape us. “His word makes up our mind for us. It tells us who we are. All we have to do is read what he says about us to discover our true identity.” She shared how life can sometimes look and feel like a disaster, that it is messy and hard. But God has a way of turning even the messiest disasters into something beautiful.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:44
Only God’s word will consistently tell us how beautiful, valuable, and accepted we are, regardless of the stage of life we are in. We are so very loved by God, but life has a way of making us feel devalued! She shared how when she was a little girl, her older brother Caleb asked to trade her $20 bills for his $1 bills. She gladly did it thinking it was a fun ‘trading game.’ What a stinker he was. “The fact is, when we understand our true worth, we won’t exchange our value for something less!” As Danielle concluded, she encouraged, “You are never too young or old, you’ve never made too bad of a decision, and it’s certainly never too late to start believing the truth of God’s word! When you look to His word to define your value, you will begin to see much less disaster and much more beautiful!”
Wow! I could not be more proud of my girl! She is brilliant and as authentic as they come!
Then there’s Katy. What an incredible communicator and gift to our personal and church family! She encouraged us to stop comparing ourselves with others because we are each uniquely created.
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10
She shared what a huge weight there is in being uniquely created. Unique means the only one of it’s kind! There is only one YOU. So we need to get better at celebrating who God made us to be, and then championing all the other people around us to be the unique person God created them to be! She bragged on how growing up her mom always praised the special personality and character traits each of her daughters had, so they always knew their individual value and worth. She said, “As we embrace our uniqueness, it empowers us to fulfill the purposes for which God designed us. Don’t ever forget that the world around you needs you to be the best YOU, you can be! ” Concluding her message, she left us with a brilliant thought she and her BFF adopted. They decided their friendship would always have a no compete clause; and that the only time they would look at each other’s mirror would be to lift and lend strength, because real queens fix each other’s crowns.
Let that be said of us all, that we embrace the unique person God made us and cheer on everyone else around us!
Father, help us to never let anything or anyone – this culture, the enemy’s lies, or even the unhealthy thoughts we sometimes have about ourselves – stop us from becoming the unique, beautiful reflection of Jesus in our world! Give us eyes to see ourselves the way you see us, so that every part of our lives, even the things we think aren’t so great, become the very things that propel us into our destiny!