If you want to get to know the authentic you, it must be done with God our Creator as the foundation so that whatever hurts we experience in life, it is with the knowledge of our Father who is always with us and for us.
PUBLISHED ONFeb 2019
When we are asked, “Who are you?” we normally reply with our name, age, occupation and a background of where we come from. There must be a deeper foundation on which we base the answer to our question. Genesis 1:27 gives us a very powerful description of how we were made: “God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them.” The goodness of our Creator is mirrored in and through us. In fact, we were fashioned out of this goodness and it is innate in us.
Secondly, our relationship with our Creator is not only that of a Maker and His creature, it is a loving bond between a Father and a child. In 1 John 3:1, we read, “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.”
To answer who you and I are then, we are children of God, Who loves us unconditionally. And no matter how many transitions we undergo in life, this fact will remain. However, many of us do not always live this, particularly during times of problems and confusion.
I was 13 when my parents separated. Honestly, I went through the experience of feeling lost and even abandoned by God. My heart could not really fathom why He could allow the separation to happen, when we were trying our best to pray and be close to Him.
There are many voices that distract us from this Truth of our being children of our Heavenly Father – criticisms about the way we look, hurtful experiences, mistakes and sins we have committed.
As we begin the Year of the Youth, we ask in prayer for the grace to hear, from the depths of our being, who we authentically are, in the heart and eyes of the One Who made us and Who loves us the most.
The Father invites us, both the young-in-age, and those who are older but striving to be young-at-heart, to experience a homecoming – to find our way back to our true selves. Personally, He keeps reminding me that despite the separation, I need not fear for He is with me: “For the Lord will not forsake his people, nor abandon his inheritance” (Psalm 94:14).
Allow Him to continue to reveal to you who you really are, in His heart.