Thought of the Day March 29, 2023 Be fully who I am

By 10:08 AM

 "Jesus came to share his identity with you and to tell you that you are the Beloved Sons and Daughters of God. Just for a moment try to enter this enormous mystery that you, like Jesus, are the beloved daughter or the beloved son of God. This is the truth. Furthermore, your belovedness preceded your birth. You were the beloved before your father, mother, brother, sister, or church loved you or hurt you. You are the beloved because you belong to God from all eternity.

God loved you before you were born, and God will love you after you die. In Scripture, God says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” This is a very fundamental truth of your identity. This is who you are whether you feel it or not. You belong to God from eternity to eternity. Life is just a little opportunity for you during a few years to say, 'I love you, too.'"  Henri Nouwen

This truth is so simple but so crucial to our self-identity. It is a given that is not necessarily always received. My identity is given to me, not earned. I am who I am by grace and not self-made. My journey is to embrace, to reach my full potential and to respond. What is my full potential? To love as I am loved. To love God with my whole mind, heart and strength and to love others with the love I have been given. At the end of my life's journey nothing else really matters.

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