Today was a good day.
Really and surprising good.
Time travelling with, and talking to friends and team mates and giving testimony about what God has done, time out of the busy week to think a bit more strategically about the future… and I had a super-special lil’ self esteem boost.
I won’t go into detail, but it was work related encouragement, and a conversation that just made me feel incredibly valued. Really, incredibly valued.
And it made me pause.
Because it’s healthy to have positive affirmation in relationships with others. And these encouragements shouldn’t define us, but they can give us real encouragement and show us the things that we are doing well.
They make us feel warm and treasured and special.
But it’s even healthier to plug into the affirmation that God wants to pour out on us and over us and into us.
For Him to make us feel warm and treasured and special.
Everyone likes hearing nice things about themselves. We all do. We love to feel loved. To feel valued. To feel accepted.
But those feelings must firstly be wholly and completely satisfied by He who created us, and holds us and loves us perfectly.
And today, when I had a lil’ self esteem boost, I was really thankful to the person who encouraged me, and I was thankful to God for the fact that He orchastrated the encounter.
But if my identity and my security were to rest solely on the encouragement or perspective of man, then it would be a shaky foundation indeed. Because it is God who is the firm, fixed, rock-steady foundation that can never be moved. And His view of me is the most wonderful thing.
I am His child (Romans 8 v 16)
I am His friend (John 15 v 15)
I have been redeemed (Romans 3 v 24)
God’s Spirit lives in me (1 Corinthians 3 v 16)
I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5 v 17)
I am blessed with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1 v 3)
I am made beautifully and wonderfully (Psalm 139)
I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3 v 20)
The debt against me has been cancelled (Colossians 1 v 14)
I am a child of light (1 Thessalonians 5 v 5)
God is in me and I am in God (1 John 4 v 15)
And the list could go on and on, because He is the most beautiful affirming Father, the most supportive friend, and the most encouraging supporter.
He loves us so well.