Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Devotional by Laura Thomas: How to Cure Your Identity Crisis

Identity Crisis
A devotional written by Laura Thomas

Have you ever had an identity crisis? That moment when you wonder who you are, for real? You feel like an imposter mom or a pretend student, a faux salesperson or a wannabe writer. You look at your family and friends who have it all together, and you begin to second guess your place in life. Where do you fit? Where do you belong? Who actually loves you?

Friend, stop for a second and consider this— you are a child of God. No matter how old you are, where you live, what you do, what you’ve done… as a believer, you are part of God’s family. His beloved child. Kid of the King. Daughter of the Masterful Creator. Doesn’t it leave you feeling just a little awestruck?

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” ~John 1:12 (NIV)

Through Christ, we become part of God’s family. If we can dig into this truth, we can accept and rest in our identity with confidence and joy. Because let’s be real here, this is AMAZING!

To those of us who are parents, one of the many beautiful things about having a child is that we get a micro-peek at how God sees us. My three kids are all grown (my baby graduates high school tomorrow—be still my beating heart!), but that doesn’t mean they don’t need me anymore or that I love them any less. Likewise, we will always need our Heavenly Father, even when we think we have everything figured out, and He will indeed love us for all eternity.

As a mom, when my heart is filled to overflowing with delight, pride, and gratitude over my child’s accomplishments, God knows how that feels. When I quietly observe my child, trying not to interfere, and allow him to make mistakes in order to grow and learn—God knows how that feels. When I’m heartbroken over my child’s pain and cry over his sorrow—God knows how that feels.

The love we have for our own children is fierce, unconditional, protective, and true. It began the moment we discovered their tiny heartbeats and will continue until we take our very last breath. But that is NOTHING compared to the love God has for His children! For my own children. For your children. For you and I.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” ~1 John 3:1a (NIV)

God calls us “joint heirs” with His Son. We are joint heirs with Jesus Christ…let that sink in for a minute. Our inheritance is more than our feeble, finite minds can comprehend, yet we can rest in the fact that the Creator of the Universe has the very best future planned for us as His children, for all eternity.

“God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance!” ~Romans 8:16-17 (The Message)

Have you ever had an identity crisis? Know that as God’s child, we find our identity in Christ. In His work on the cross, giving us access to the Father. We can be confident, assured, and certain that we are part of His family, sealed for eternity—and that nothing and no one can ever take that away.

Author Bio: 

Laura is a published Christian author with a heart for inspiring and encouraging readers of all ages. 

She is truly multi-genre—with a published Christian teen fiction trilogy, marriage book, children’s stories, devotionals for Union Gospel Press, musings on her blog, and she now has a literary agent representing her Christian romantic suspense novel.

Laura is English and Canadian, married to her high school sweetheart, mom of three, passionate about faith and family…and chocolate!

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