I felt two inches tall when the polished, professional woman across from me asked, “What do you do?” Chairman of her department at a local university, she peered at me through gold rimmed glasses when I said, “I’m a stay at home mom.” Then she looked past me and continued talking to the other women seated around us.
Have you ever been there?
If you’re feeling like your life is small, squeezed in somewhere between your job (inside or outside your home), your to-do list, and the people in your life, there’s something you have to know about you. Your feeling small or insignificant does not change your identity. You can’t depend on your feelings and others peoples’ opinions to tell you who you are. Only God’s unwavering truth, written in His Word, defines your true worth.
You Are Loved
Romans 1:8 holds an important key to our identity: “To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people.” Sometimes I repeat it over and over to myself to let its truth wash over me: I’m loved by God and called to be his.
You’re God’s treasured possession, loved and called to belong to Him.
You Were Chosen for a Mission.
“But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you.” (The Message 1 Peter 2:9)
God chose you to be a priest or mediator. Does that sound intimidating or other-worldly? All it means is that you’re called to represent Him to the people around you, whether they’re toddlers waiting on the couch for a story or co-workers waiting for a project. You’re the instrument He chose to do his work and speak out for Him.
You’re an Influencer.
You don’t have to write a book, make a speech, or develop a new product to influence others. You impact the people around you every time you:
- Pray for someone who’s struggling.
- Encourage someone with a kind word.
- Smile at the person next to you.
- Give someone a pat on the back
- Model forgiveness and integrity for your kids.
- Love that person who’s driving you crazy.
- Serve your family, friends, and co-workers.
- Teach someone something new.
- Share the good news with a friend.
Try repeating the truths of Romans 1:8 to yourself this week. You’re loved by God and called to be His. He chose you with a special purpose in mind, and you fulfill that purpose every time you influence others positively, whether you’re in the kitchen, the classroom, or a board meeting. You go, girl!