Have you ever been at a table when asked to share something about yourself? I used to hate that request, let alone the situation, because I did not want to sound proud nor puny – if you know what I mean?
My mind would race for something that might impress them, or something that would make me appear humbled (I am sad to admit this, but it is true).
Well, I no longer feel that way, but I think the root of my dislike was that I was searching for some sort of significance and value in all the wrong places. Without even realizing it, or maybe wanting to face it, in those moments, I sought to prove my worth and value to those around me. Thus, depending on the audience at that time, I wanted to meet ‘their’ expectations and thus became whoever I needed to be to fit in, so to speak.
And here is the sad reality, I always came away feeling exhausted and fleeting. In the end, I still felt insecure.
However, Colossians 2:8-14, tells us that, in Jesus, we have been brought to new fullness and freedom. And may I encourage you to stop and read Paul’s words.
My friends, there is so much hope and freedom found in them. By no work of our own, we are complete, valued in Jesus. We do not have to try to rewrite what He has already written about our lives. We do not have to sit at any table wondering what others may think or not think about what God has already declared us to be. We are fully worthy, fully valuable, and fully significant in the eyes of our heavenly Father. Now that is GREAT news.