8.31.2008

Train Treasures

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I'm All That

Ever been around a person who had the obvious attitude of "I'm all that"? They spend hours in front of a mirror, then turn their well-painted mouth into a snobby smile that says they think you're inferior. The moment they don't get what they want, a volcanic eruption occurs . . . and you're left to clean up the mess. They're way is always the way. And don't even think about buying the same outfit or having the same tastes. The word "share" just isn't in their vocabulary. Basically, they are the center of the world and think they're the greatest gift to mankind.

This attitude is called pride - thinking you're better than everyone else. It's not the attitude any Christian girl should have. The Bible says that "pride comes before a fall," and that God "resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." I don't want to be on God's "resisting" side!

Then there's the opposite attitude of thinking lower of yourself than you should. This is usually called low self - esteem. Compared to everyone else, you're just not good enough. But this attitude - in God's eyes - is just as wrong as pride. In fact, it could be pride as well if you're refusing to believe the truth of what God says about you. And what God says about you will never make you feel inferior or insignificant. Quite the opposite, actually. It will make you feel like someone special, valued, and highly significant. It's not wrong to acknowledge who you really are, especially if the King of the Universe declares that that's who you are! It would be a slap in His face to deny it. Look at what He's done through the sacrifice of Jesus to make you that way!

You're a New Person
No one can tell you that you're the same o' same o' person you've always been! You've been made new through salvation, and what's in your past is long gone!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"

You're Chosen by God
The cheer-leading squad may have past you by, but who cares! God Himself chose you before you were ever born!
1 Peter 2:9-10 (The Message) "But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted."

You're Special-Made by God
God made you! So no one else has the right to decide who you should be and what you should do!
Ephesians 2:10 (NKJ) "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."

You're Complete in Jesus
Some may say you're lacking some things . . . maybe a lot of things. But God says you're complete in every way!
Colossians 2:10 (NKJ) "And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power."

You're Loved by God
Man's kind of love will fail you and will not last. God, however, loves you with a perfect, on-going love that will never change!
Jeremiah 31:3 (NKJ) "The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying:“ Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you."

These are just a few samples of who you are in God's eyes. The awesome thing is, no one can change His opinion - not even you! God's opinion should always be the final say to every critical thought or attitude that might come your way. There will always be people who will try to pull your opinion of yourself down to the dirt. But their view of you couldn't possibly matter when someone as great and honest as God declares your value! When He says it, there's no reason you can't say, "I'm all that . . . God's made me to be!"