Over the last several years our church has put together a Trunk-or-Treat for our small town. We have several cars lined up down the parking lot aisles, trunks popped open and decorated and candy ready to pass out. The kids (and sometimes adults) walk up and down each aisle and collect their candy. Many times we ask, “Who are you?” It’s fun to see the little ones answer and give us their roar of their character. Some know we don’t know who they are and it becomes a fun game to guess. Or we figure it out when we hear their voice.
Many, many moons ago, say 1987, it was my brother’s senior year in high school. (You’re welcome big brother!) He and a group of his friends decided to dress up for Halloween as the KISS band. They had make-up, wigs, clothes and all. That night, my dad and I (I could care less about Halloween. I’ll just go buy me some candy!) were sitting in our family room. My brother pops his head in. Before my brother could say anything, my dad sat up straighter in his chair and asked, in his deep, resounding voice, “Who are you?” My brother was so disguised that my father didn’t even recognize him until he spoke. He then recognized his voice and knew it was my brother.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t spend a lot of time in front of the mirror. In the mornings, I get up and get ready to go, give myself one last look over and think, this is as good as it’s going to get! Haha. I may glance every now and then throughout the day, but it’s not like I stand in front of the mirror and check myself out! Haha. Weird! I already know my eyes look tired, I have new wrinkles appearing too often and my laugh lines are deepening (I don’t mind those!). I don’t need a regular dose of me aging gracefully! It happens. Can’t really stop the aging process. I’m okay with that. But, I don’t need to linger there either, at least not on a regular basis!
When you do take the time and give yourself the once over and linger for a minute, what do you see? Who do you see? This is kind of scary and vulnerable to see who you truly are. Sometimes we don’t want to see that. It’s a point of admission of who we have become. Hopefully, you are a better version of you than you expected to be. We are also our worst enemy. We have a hard time seeing the good in us and instead focus on the not so good or the things we wish we could change.
Moment of truth…. Who holds the most power and has the greatest influence of how you see yourself? This one is a tough one. I know what I want the answer to be, but is it really the honest to goodness true answer? My independent self wants to say, “Well, me of course!!” My wanting to be accepted and liked says, “My family and close friends have some sway in my opinion of myself.” My God-centered heart says, “I see me as He sees me; His beloved daughter, created in His image.” All are true. Which one has the greatest power and influence? That is the million dollar question!
I need to take a step back a minute to truly consider this question. First, who do I want to be from the inside out? Who does God want me to be? How does He see me? Do I want what He wants? It’s going to take time and effort to be the person He created me to be. Am I willing to commit myself for the long haul of who He created me to be? And who in the world is that! Such a quandary!
Scripture tells us we are created in His image. When I think of an image, I think of a physical image. Well, no one knows what God looks like so how do we know if we look like HIm? How do we know if the images match? We don’t. Because we are not talking about being made in the physical image of God. We are made in the likeness of the image of God. The core of His being is the core of my being. Pause and reread that sentence. That blows my mind and freaks me out a little, not gonna lie!
Do I really believe that God lives in me? Yes, I do. Do I believe the core of who He is, is the core of who I am? That’s a tough one. I’m not worthy. I mess up too many times to think that His essence is inside of me. How do I reconcile with that? We are our own roadblock. We don’t see ourselves as God sees us. Therefore, we can’t fathom having His being at the core of who we are. Even though it’s true!!
How do we break through that roadblock? 1. We have to believe! 2. We have to live it. Live believing you are created in His image. Live as He is the core of your being. How do you know what His image is? Get to know Him. Spend some time with Him. Read about Him. Learn from His teachings. Use His examples as your example on who to be. Use Jesus’s example of how to love, treat, accept, forgive, live with one another. The Beatitudes and the Fruit of the Sprit are good places to start. It’s all in His Word. It’s all in you. Seriously, He is in you anxiously awaiting to come out! You are His hands and feet, His vessel.
My precious friends, next time you take a look in a mirror, pause. Look until you see Christ looking back at you. It makes my little girl giddiness come out! Haha! I keep looking down and thinking, “Are you really in there!” Yep! I think I’ve lost my last marble! Lol. I’m good with that. I don’t need my marbles. He is living in and through me. I’ve got His unlimited source of marbles!
Who am I? I am me with Christ living in and through me. Do I think I am worthy to have His image be my image? No. But He does! I trust Him. He wouldn’t have created us otherwise. He wants to hang out with you. He wants to know you. He wants you to know and hang out with Him. Why not?? How cool is it to go to your happy place and He’s right there with you enjoying it through you!! Believe and trust His creation of you. He made you on purpose. Now go live on purpose with Him!
Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together, with Him in us, in Him!