Rev. Susan Eaton
The Truest Thing About You
The truest thing about you is not what people say, what they think, what they do, or how they treat you. Other people are walking around with their own pain and baggage, and the hurtful things they say are not about you as much as they are a tell-tale sign of the place they’re in. Don’t let someone else’s bad day become your identity.
The truest thing about you is not how you feel. Feelings ebb and flow and often do not tell an accurate story. Feelings exaggerate. Feelings lie. They fill in the gaps to stories you have no facts for and, often, you’re the one who loses in that story. Don’t give your feelings that much power. They are not the truest thing about you.
The truest thing about you is not your circumstances, your broken heart, the broken promise, the disappointment and pain. Things happen—sometimes good, sometimes not. They are not the truest thing about you.
Even your worst mistakes and failures are not the truest thing about you. Should you confess those things? Do they need forgiveness? You bet. But not even those things are the truest thing about you. They are not your identity.
The truest thing about you is that you belong to God. You were created by Him, formed by Him, knit together by Him (Psalm 139:13-14). Every day of your life is under His watchful eye. Not a moment, not a breath goes unnoticed by Him.
You are His treasure.
You are His prize.
He dances and sings over you!
The truest thing about you is that you have a Savior.
Everything that has been said to you and everything that has been said by you, everything that has been done to you and everything that has been done by you—every hurt feeling, painful experience, and devastating loss— is redeemed by what He says and what He has done.
You are redeemed.
You are bought back.
You are loved.
So clear your mind. Listen to His voice. Change the habit of negative self-talk into the habit of remembering what is true about you.
Speak this truth to yourself. Say it LOUD if you must! Write it down over and over again.
I am a child of God. I am loved.
Give yourself grace.
Begin loving yourself because you are worth loving. You are worth forgiving. You are worth redeeming. And your life is worth living.
[Listen: Be Kind to Yourself, by Andrew Peterson]