Last week marked the beginning of our Masterpiece Series, where we focused on the profound truth found in Ephesians 2:10, "For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Our challenge (to look into a mirror and say what a masterpiece you are to yourself) caused quite a bit of discomfort - even to the point of tears for some. I believe the reason for this is because, starting at a very young age, we begin to hear a lot of critical voices telling us what we should and should not be or do. Many of these voices come from the people we love most. People who are doing their very best to guide us in this life. Sometimes, the help and opinions they give are interpreted incorrectly by our young minds, and we begin to think that who we are is not enough. People we love get angry when we, as children, accidentally spill milk. And then we think, "I always mess everything up." Or they tell us we made a mistake on our work, and we think we can't do anything right. Or they disagree with something we do or say, and we interpret that to mean that we are stupid. Or they are busy and tell us "Later" when we are so excited to show them something, and we think, "I guess I'm not important and nothing special." The list goes on and on and on. Over time, those thoughts morph into the voice we hear when we speak to our adult selves. And they make it very difficult, close to impossible, for us to believe and TRULY accept that we are God's masterpiece.
This week, our challenge is to pay attention to the critical voices in our lives. Whether they are the ones we speak, the ones we hear others speak, or the ones that go through our minds. Start jotting them down. Later, go over the list and notice commonalities. Behind each critical thought is a lie that we have taken hold of and are believing. What are the lies you notice? Start becoming aware of how often you are saying them to yourself. Each time you notice them, take a deep breath, and ask God's light to shine into the darkness of the lie.
Author Brene Brown says in her book, Daring Greatly, that "shame thrives on secrets" and the only way to combat it is to share our shame with someone who has earned the right to hear it. Our verse this week explains the power of this awareness and challenge. The way we stay stuck is by continuing to live completely unaware of the lies that bind us. But when we open our lives to the unexplainable LOVE of our great God and truly allow it to invade every part of us, we can no longer stay hidden. His light shines into all of the darkness and brings all the lies that we believe out into the open. Use this week's verse as a reminder this week that the way to freedom is to no longer let all the lies stay hidden. To reveal them first to God and then allow His love to heal. You might also consider doing the meditation to help in this process.
Hurt people, hurt people. Our song this week points out that it was a hurting person who initially spoke the lies into our lives. But we took their word as truth and have lived with those lies, defining who we are, for far too long. Listen to the song and recognize that the one who defines who you are is GOD. We have a choice: Believe the lies or believe the truth. Practice owning God's truth of who you are in the midst of all the lies we hear.
Lisa is a deep-thinker, a philosopher in cute jeans and flip flops, a Nutty Professor - mom style. She recognized God's presence at an early age and has lived life mostly open to Him. She hears His voice in books, movies, and music - no matter the genre! She is serious about the work of living Loved, loving God, and loving people.