Significance And Accomplishment

If I tie my significance to what I have accomplished, then I will always be on the roller coaster of life.

Love as vast as the ocean...and then some!

Love as vast as the ocean…and then some!

I was on the phone with a dear friend commiserating about all the things going on in our lives. Much of it being things that are difficult to measure. Both being people who like check lists that demonstrate how much we have accomplished we decided it would be great to  have a daily check list that started with __ brush teeth__brush hair__make bed__eat breakfast…. just so we can have a sense of accomplishment!

Then I heard the still small voice of Holy Spirit reminding me that I am not what I do.

We are who the Creator says we are!

We are all created in the image of the Creator, therefore each human being is of inestimable value in His sight. That is not something to commiserate about but to rejoice over!

Our primary approval comes from Creator. For me, it takes some mental toughness to reprogram my thought and heart patterns to accept this truth, then put it into practice.

My basic check list can be a back up, because accomplishing is still part of my make up, however, pronouncing who I really am and Who’s I am helps me keep my focus on being in the Father as opposed to being trapped in seeking approval for what I do.

Here are a few thoughts from Psalm 139 that I have paraphrased:

I am not a mistake!

I am a child of God, loved, accepted and chosen for such a time as this.

I was knit together in my mothers womb by the God of all creation!

He made me unique. He wants me to be me and not like others.

Before the world was made, He had all my days lined out and under His control.

I am loved with God’s everlasting love!

God will never leave me! I can not even hide from Him and His love.

I am eternally significant and my accomplishments mean the most when they flow from resting in the love of God for me.

Abba, show me how to let you love me. Help me to declare these truths out loud daily until they sink in to my heart. Help me to receive your love! Amen



Andrea (Madden) Van Boven : I like to think I am a radical lover of Jesus, but I live in a house and pay bills and look like I fit in with respectable society, like most people. What goes on in my head and heart are hopefully the things that betray the look of "normal" that comes at first glance. I hope those things inside of me seep out to actions as well as words of hope and encouragement. I pray that these in turn will lead others to know the loving creator who knows us so intimately that he has a number for every hair on every head.

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