Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Identity

"Tara Lee, you are a baptized child of God; whatever else you are, remember that you are that for that is the basis of whatever else you are."

Through the waters of Baptism, I have been called and claimed as a precious child of God. And as a precious child of God, God has given me gifts; given each of us gifts to share with the world.

It is not easy for us to let others affirm us. In fact at times it can be quite uncomfortable. Yet I believe we are still called to share our stories. A friend affirmed gifts in me by sharing that I am the "light in the midst of the darkness." I bring a light into dark places. She can name the people and places that I have marked! Wow....what a powerful statement and affirmation!

Hearing that makes me realize even more how my families story of mental illness is linked together. I am many things but most importantly I am a child of God who is also a daughter of someone who lives and daily struggles with mental illness.

By knowing my identity, I know that God will always accompany me through those dark places and will never leave me in the pit. God is a great God who makes things new.

 

5 comments:

  1. Thank you for this powerful reminder! I was just reminded this Sunday about the importance of using our gifts!

    Chelsea
    http://stylewithacee.blogspot.com/

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  2. Knowing ourselves is easier when we remember that He knows us even better!

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  3. "It is not easy to let others affirm us."

    These words are so true for me. I have often struggled with accepting compliments and allowing others to affirm my gifts and talents. I know it is an issue of self-esteem for me and also the depression talking, but somehow that doesn't make it any easier, you know? God bless you my friend!

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  4. I love the name of your blog and that first quote is so powerful!

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  5. Such a powerful topic. Mental illness is something that touches so many lives and yet is viewed with shame by so many that we stay silent. Thank you for being brave and speaking truth.

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