” I am chosen Not forsaken I am who You say I am… You are for me Not against me I am who You say I am…”
These are some words that have been used to describe me at one point or another in life. I’m sure many people out there can relate to having words spoken about them that were extremely hurtful and that have probably left invisible scars on their self-esteem.
This weekend I attended a ladies retreat put on by my church organization (COGOP). The theme for the weekend was, “Yet, I will rejoice “. While the overall theme was rejoicing in your circumstances, quite a few of the session speakers and evening ministers really touched on the topic of mental wellness and knowing who you are through Christ.
I was having a conversation with my sister-friend this weekend, who shared with me an incident where an older church sister had made mention of her nose piercing. This particular sister told her in no uncertain terms that she needed to remove her nose ring and that it was “demonic”. My sister-friend shared with me how the sister made her feel so bad about herself and her choice to wear the nose ring, by basically discrediting her ability to have a relationship with Christ and minister ( she’s an amazing musician) because of it.
My sister-friend has spoken with me openly ( and I with her) about the struggle we have at times to maintain mental and spiritual wellness. Well as you can imagine, this older sister’s words didn’t help with her spiritual self-esteem: feeling worthy of acting in ministry because maybe the nose ring really did make her “less than”.
In another event, I can recall being in the bathroom ( restroom for my American readers lol) and overhearing two sisters having a conversation that was so discrediting to my character that I won’t repeat it here. If I was a different person I would’ve let their words send me down a downward spiral. Thankfully, It had the opposite effect and I can still hold my head high knowing I’m still ( by God’s grace) proving them wrong.
We humans often forget that words are powerful! They have the power to uplift and they have the ability to tear down, as do the people who say them.
This is why I am so happy that God has left us some words of affirmation in His word (The Bible) that can remind of who He has made us!
The theme song for the weekend was Hillsong’s “Who You Say I Am”
The lyrics are powerful and the ones that really stuck out to me are:
I am chosen
I am who You say I am
You are for me
Not against me
I am who You say I am
Christ has given us a title that nobody can take away. A title that nobody’s words can cancel:
I want to remind somebody that they are a product of God’s promise! The preacher Angela Grant had a tagline that she used in her message on Saturday night at the retreat. She reminded us ladies that we are ” CHOSEN NOT TOLERATED”
You are who God says you are. He made a choice and His choice was to LOVE US and make us HIS OWN.
You are loved!
Take two minutes out of your busy schedule today and remind them of special they are! Take a look in the mirror and encourage yourself!
If you don’t hear it today: I love you and GOD LOVES YOU TOO!