Welcome to 2012! Baby New Year is only a few hours old. Such a cute adorable year with such potential. Can't you just see it in his eyes and his endearing grin?
So many of us had that same potential when we were born. A promising future, the potential to move mountains, help hundreds, impact thousands - you name it. The world was our oyster.
Then we grew up.
With that came frustration, anxiety, anger and boredom and a whole host of other distractions. For some of us we started achieving our goals in life, reaching our true potential and then, something happened. Life took a turn and possibly the road we thought we'd take had a detour.
With our heads and hearts looking one way, circumstances pulled us another.
For some, not all, we've lost that cute adorable vision of potential like when were were babes. Some of our hearts have grown discontent, hurt or a myriad of other feelings, all not that good. Maybe we blame ourselves, maybe we blame God.
Maybe, just maybe, we've lost sight of something for those of us claiming to be Christians. maybe we've lost sight of who we really are.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:1-13 (NIV)
For those of us claiming to be Christian, even acting as His disciples serving others in our free time or ministry to forget who we are - is all too common.
Many a time I have made mistakes, spoken incorrectly or neglected something important only to have my heart question who I really am. Am I a good son in my Daddy's [Gods] eyes, am I really the husband I claim to be, as a Father am I all that my children need, as a Ministry Leader do I really have peoples hearts like I think?
Yours could be faith, family work, fill in the blank, you name it.
If you've ever been there, maybe even now at the beginning of 2012 questioning who you really are, take a breath and remember the first thing above all things is this, "You are a child of God". As such there is great comfort, great assurance in your future as you rest in this first fact.
Only an orphan - spiritually or physically - does not know it's parents.
Is this you? Are you acting like I have in the past, as a spiritual orphan? If so, what could lead you to do so and forget your heritage in God?
This may not be the first blog you want to read for the New Year but maybe it's the right one.
If you are questioning who you are in Christ, drop me a note. I'd enjoy lovingly reminding you as your friend who you really are - I've been there too.
Call it a Galatians 6:2 kinda thing...
Till next time,
KurtGuys For Life and Kurt's Korner of Who You Are is adapted from: Victory Over the Darkness: Realizing the Power of Your Identity in Christ by Neil T. Anderson