I can remember hearing this phrase growing up, "If you don't know who you are, you'll answer to anything." When I woke up this morning I thought about all of the nomenclatures that were given to me growing up. My mother called me "baby" and she still does today. My uncle called me "chips" (referring to my favorite snack) and he still does today. My High School friends called me "Stace" and some of them still do today. These were some of the reasonable nicknames that were given to me growing up and essentially became a part of my identity.
But, I have had some negative nomenclatures that I'd rather forget. I've had teachers imply, with their actions and some of their words, that I was illiterate and incapable of learning. I've been called a bully (although this was possibly true in High School; thank God for Jesus and for growing up). And I've been called plenty of other names that will not be mentioned due to the PG-13 rating of this blog :).
As I reflected on all of the things I've been called or all of the nomenclatures that have been assigned to me, I rejoice in knowing who I really am. I am Smart, I am Kind, and I am Important :). No... Really... I thought about what my life would have been like if I'd held on to the negative things people said about me. The truth is, in High School, I was a bully and needed to change. But, I was not illiterate and I was not incapable of learning as my teachers would have thought. If would have believed this about myself, I would not have the privilege to experience the academic success that I enjoy today.
My point is this. It really is important for us to know who we are as people and most importantly to know what God says about us. God calls us friends, beloved, and children. God says that we are more than conquerors, the apple of His eye, a royal priesthood, ambassadors for Christ, the elect of God, a chosen generation, His workmanship, Mt. Zion (the place where God's presence dwelled), servants, the redeemed of the Lord, etc.
So my prayer for you today is that you may be reminded of the name God has given you and the importance of it. Cling to what God really says about you and don't be overwhelmed by the negative nomenclatures that people seek to attach to you. "If you don't know who you are, you'll answer to anything!"
Ok. Seriously. This fiscal cliff talk is really starting to get on my nerves. I understand the seriousness of it and the need to be informed, but I also believe that the media is showing it to us every 30 seconds as a scare tactic. However, I am not so much concerned about falling off of the fiscal cliff as I am about falling off of the MENTAL CLIFF. Here's what I mean...As Americans we have been groomed to move at a fast pace. If the red lights take too long, we complain. If McDonald's takes too long to fix the fries, we grumble. If our future doesn't arrive in three days, we feel like we've missed our callings or somehow missed the voice of God.
Listen! Don't allow the enemy (or yourself) to push you off of the mental cliff. Don't take life's awe inspiring moments for granted. Don't be addicted to hurry. I've been there (sometimes I'm still here), but what've I learned is that when you slow down in life long enough to allow your MENTAL to catch up with your PHYSICAL, your productivity goes up. You may not get everything accomplished on your to-do list, but you won't be at risk of falling off of a mental cliff either. Take some time to rest, listen, be, chill, unwind, concentrate, and recharge. You'll be glad that you did.
I have been so focused on preparing to graduate seminary and all that comes with that, that I have failed to post frequent blogs. I absolutely love blogging, but I haven't had the time.
I just wanted to drop in and encourage everybody to keep moving towards your goals, keep seeking God, keep seeking godly wisdom, and trust God in the process of it all. It will all work out for our good! That is all for now :)