Becoming Beloved

Everyone wants to know they are valued and loved. And more times than not it is easy to forget just how loved we are. It is easy to forget where our personal value lies and even easier to question why we are the way we are and why we struggle with the very things that make us who we are. So many things of this world are quick to tell us we are unworthy and imperfect and then toss us aside. We have screwed up definitions and views of what beauty is and this crazy idea that value lies in how deep and heavy our pockets are and how “successful” we are. We constantly measure ourselves by worldly guidelines. We look to others to assess how pretty we are, how strong we are, how important we are, how good we are as parents, children, spouses, friends, etc. and better yet, how good of “christians” we are. The “Am I Good Enough” question haunts us and we wind up feeling like nobodies when comparison robs our joy. We end up feeling like we never measure up. And quite frankly it’s just exhausting. I am. Guilty as charged. But, God says…

“I’ll call nobodies and make them somebodies;
    I’ll call the unloved and make them beloved.
In the place where they yelled out, “You’re nobody!”
    they’re calling you “God’s living children.” Romans 9

That’s the great thing about this whole Jesus thing. Our identity doesn’t lie in anything we say or do, but only in who He calls us to be. He says we are worthy and loved when the world says we aren’t. He says we are wonderfully made just the way we are.

So take comfort my friends, God knew what he was doing when He made you from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. (Romans 8: 29-30) He is making you into His Beloved. So, when you don’t feel beloved, when you don’t feel like you measure up. Remember this. He embraced your condition.  Just as you are. God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for you, embracing your condition and exposing himself to the worst. for YOU. Beloved. I am so thankful for this truth. For myself. For my family and friends. Most of all, for my kids. Quite frankly, I want to scream it in their faces until it hits home and sinks in deep.

This is even more apparent to me lately as I scroll through precious little face after face online. {Cause for those of you who don’t know, we are in the process of an adoption from China.} I see the value in each of them. I see how beautiful they are. But, I know I see them with only a glimpse of how Jesus sees them. And my heart hurts for them to know how loved they are and how perfect they are. Each of them.  Just as they are. That God sees them as worthy and calls them by name, into His family. I am so grateful to GET TO SPEAK THIS into one of these little faces. Hello, MY CHILD, YOU ARE BELOVED. and this is just one of the many things the Lord says about you. I designed this necklace to remind myself of this truth. I would love for it to remind you too. 


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