Real humility is knowing what Father God says and thinks about you and me. His affection and confidence in us gives us confidence and humility to be ourselves in Jesus. Don’t be afraid to be your beautiful, powerful self (and don’t listen to the voice that just told you to beware of pride.) One grandmother, attempting to encourage her 4-year-old granddaughter told her, “You are so beautiful!” The little girl matter-of-factly answered her: “I know.” A bit worried that the girl would think too highly of herself, the woman asked, “How do you know you are beautiful?” The little girl said “My Daddy told me!” The little girl didn’t come to that conclusion by staring at herself in the mirror for hours on end, she simply listened and believed the voice of her Father.
Hear the Father say to you:
“If you knew how beautiful you are, how beautiful you are to me
If you knew how beautiful you are
You would never be afraid
You would never be ashamed
You would rest here in my love and you’d never run away
If you knew how beautiful you are to me.”
(“If You Knew” David Baroni from “The Wild and The Wonder”
(Thanks to Steve Thompson for the illustration and his inspiring teaching)
Caught up in the whirling culture that always glorifies the next new thing,(and quickly discards and disdains the last next new thing) we are tempted to believe the adage that “the only thing constant is change.”
It is true that there are relentless, breathtaking and at times, eerie technological and cultural changes; however there are some things that just do not change. Chief among them: the nature and character of God. His steadfast love endures forever. That was the song of the children of Israel and we see it often repeated throughout scripture.
Change can be healthy and is often necessary of course, but I am glad that His deep deep Love never fails, never changes!
Deep Deep Love