I had coffee with a good friend this week and as we chatted she joked, “You know, every morning when I come downstairs, there’s a woman in the mirror and she always tells me ‘You’re amazing!’ And I believe her!” We laughed but it wasn’t a joke I forgot!
I know my friend’s story and I know she could easily allow herself to hear that same woman saying different words, something not so encouraging. But she knows that lady is seeing her through God’s eyes and she chooses to hear His words over her life at the start of every day.
It reminds me of the movie ‘The Help’ (if you haven’t seen it, it is so worth watching). In it the maid tells the little girl she looks after “You is kind, you is smart, you is important” first thing every morning.
For many years I struggled with self evaluation: comparing myself to others, being a perfectionist, seeking the approval of others, finding my identity in what I did, self criticism, measuring myself by how others saw me, allowing their actions and achievements to affect how I felt – being critical or jealous of others rather than celebrating who they were.
Although I didn’t always appreciate the process of dealing with post viral fatigue, it helped me to know that when I had nothing else (no job, no income, no energy) all that really mattered was that I was His much-loved child. It opened my eyes and my heart to how my Father sees me and how He wants me to see myself reflected in His eyes.
To each one of us He says “You are amazing”. All because of His amazing grace in our lives. He was broken so we could be made whole. His death has brought us fullness of life. He wants us to see our reflection through His resurrection.
In ‘The Help’, the maid not only tells the little girl “you is kind, you is smart, you is important” but she gets her to repeat it. Why? So the little girl says who she is.
We need to start repeating who He says we are:
I am precious (Isaiah 43:4)
I am beloved (Colossians 3:12)
I am chosen (Ephesians 1:4)
I am known (Psalm 139:1)
I am treasured (Deuteronomy 7:6)
I am His delight (Psalm 147:11)
I am adopted (Ephesians 1:5)
I am God’s child (Romans 8:15)
I am God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)
and we need to stop saying things about ourselves that don’t match up with who He says we are.
As Bill Johnson says “We can’t afford to have a thought in our minds that isn’t in His.”
And He thinks ‘YOU’RE AMAZING!!’