Today we get to hear from my fabulous sister Cally!
Recently, I’ve been thinking about what and who I allow to define me. It is so easy for us to use labels given by other people to define who we are. We are defined as sister, daughter, mother, fiance/girlfriend/wife/single, a member of a club, by our job, by our education, and by about a million other things. We allow ourselves to be defined as not smart enough, not thin enough, not organized enough, not put together enough, just not enough (or maybe that’s just me…). We even let our circumstances define us—situations, burdens, expectation, and falling short. How sad is that? We cannot allow ourselves to be defined by titles, roles, feelings, or situations. We need to be REFINED by my circumstances, and DEFINED only by Christ’s truth. Below are two great verses that have helped to shift my focus:
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;
honor him, for he is your lord.
How much more will we think of ourselves if instead of dwelling on being a broken failures we realize that we are beautiful, perfectly made children of God?!? I know it sounds so cheesy, but it really is amazing to realize God’s truth, hear it, learn it, and BELIEVE it.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10