Honey Nut Cherrios. Multigrain Cherrios. Chocolate Cherrios. We have them all. Their crumbs grind into my carpet, hide between the couch cushions, and collect inside diapers. But with young children, Cherrios are a staple.
But more importantly, God is my staple.
Without His perfect love, my heart fades. When my eyes are not focused on Him, I fail. I fear. I distrust. I agonize over an anxiety driven collection of negative personal attributes.
I am tempted to drown in my own selfish distress.
Once in particular, I sat – horrified, appalled, and frustrated – as I endured a rude commentary about my flawed, boring personality. Disheartened, I cried. I cried tears. I cried out to God.
And He blessed me with a special friend.
She was unaware of my disheartened state. But just when I needed her the most, she greeted me with a hug, and in our brief encounter, she inadvertently replaced those insults with endearments. She left me feeling loved and cherished.
And God had to keep chiseling away at my heart. Slowly, the truth of His consuming love began to penetrate my soul. It’s a process but I am learning to lean on Him instead of the insults or praises of others. My confidence is in Him – not myself.
He created in me a perfect package of personalized gifts to use for His glory. I do not have to be interesting, exciting, loud, or energetic.
Because I am already His beautiful creation.
His special possession.
I am His.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9
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