The world tells you who you are, and you listen.
You aren’t pretty enough.
You aren’t smart enough.
You’ll never be successful.
You don’t matter.
You aren’t loved.
You aren’t worthy.
You aren’t enough.
Your Father tells you who you are, and you ignore.
You are beautifully and wonderfully made.
You are more precious than rubies.
You are covered with grace.
You are loved beyond comprehension.
You are upheld with His righteous right hand.
You are strong and courageous.
You are redeemed.
But you are not alone. You are not the only one who has wished you were different or better in some way. I’m with you.
Today I came across an old, broken and abandoned house. And I thought about how it’s kind of the perfect representation of how we see ourselves.
But then I saw something else. I saw flowers blooming inside of the house and all around it, and I realized the truth of who I am and who you are. We see our outward appearances, but the Lord sees our hearts. And they are beautiful. They are sacred, meant for the Holy Spirit to dwell. The Lord sees us as his beloved child, without flaw.
I think both you and I could be a little bit more like this house. It doesn’t care what the world says about it, nothing can keep it from blooming inside. This world has beaten it up. But guess what. It’s still standing. Its flowers are still rooted and grounded. And they aren’t just inside, they are all around. This house knows it’s true beauty and doesn’t want to hide it. Instead, it’s spreading from the inside out.
I’m giving us both a challenge: Let’s press in and discover who God truly says we are so that we can rebuke the lies the world tells us. And then let’s go share that truth with the people around us.
In other words, let’s spread some wildflowers.
♡ a tethered heart