“Know yourself! Be yourself! Love yourself!”
The above quote has become a personal motto I now live by. However, in this article, I want to focus on the importance of knowing yourself.
Before I can be me and love me, I have to know me, and that takes time. We don’t come out of the womb automatically knowing everything there is to know about ourselves as individuals. We learn as we grow. We discover as we go. We figure out what we like and don’t like, what makes us tick and motivates us. We realize our gifts and specialties.
Again, self-discovery takes time. Early in life we have no clue! Take me, for instance. What did I know about me when I was a little girl?
Well, I knew that…………………………
……….I was the daughter of Bill and Geraldine.
……….I was B.J.’s big sister.
……….I liked watching cartoons like Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Popeye, and The Flintstones.
……….my favorite TV show was The Brady Bunch.
……….I liked eating hot dogs, pancakes and Count Chocula cereal.
……….although I was taking piano lessons, I didn’t really like playing the piano.
……….I wanted to be a really good singer like my mom.
……….I was quiet and shy.
……….I was scared—a chicken—a scaredy cat.
……….I was afraid of making mistakes, of being rejected, of being criticized and made fun of.
Those were a few of the things I knew and understood about myself when I was just a child.
However, what I didn’t know at the time was how special I really was. I couldn’t see that I was just as good as any of my classmates and friends. I didn’t realize that I had a specific purpose in life.
BUILD A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD
Fortunately, as I began to build a personal relationship with the Lord, He slowly opened my eyes. Psalms 139:14 says that I have been fearfully and wonderfully made by the Almighty God! Sometimes, as humans, we fail to see just how wonderful we really are. God carefully crafted each of us in His own loving hands from the brain, to the eyes, the ears, the nose, the mouth, the neck, the arms, the legs, the hands, the feet, the bones, the veins, the arteries, the blood, the heart, every organ, every cell. The human body is complex, and God did that!
Satan tries to fool us into thinking we are worthless and that our lives are a waste. He wants to convince us to throw in the towel and, worse, kill ourselves! BUT, NO WAY! NO HOW! God says, “I took the time to create you My child into someone special for a special purpose that will bring Me glory. You must get to know Me in order to know what that purpose is and to know the person I’ve created YOU to be!”
As I’ve grown closer to the Lord, I’ve also come to realize that being fearfully and wonderfully made is not just about the physical body, but about the inner man or soul—-mind, will, emotions. Psalms 139:13a (New International Version) says:
“For You created my inmost being…”
God created our inner beings. Therefore, we are unlike any of God’s other creatures. For instance, as humans, we think, rationalize, make judgments, and create. Every invention began in the mind of a human being.
WE BELIEVE THE BIBLE
Whether or not people still believe this theory, once upon a time, some said that humans evolved from apes. Needless to say, that is a lie! We believe the Bible! Genesis 1:26-27 (King James Version) say:
“26 And God said, Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.”
As the verses state, we were created in God’s image to have authority over the animals, NOT to come from any particular animal. Instead, we were created to look and act like God here on earth as He does in Heaven.
God began revealing this truth to me of who I am once I accepted His Son Jesus into my heart. And He will do the same for you! All you have to do is make Jesus your Lord and Savior. Once you receive Him into your heart, get to know the Lord by spending time with Him in worship, in prayer and in reading the scriptures, and allow Him to show you the person You really are.
THE PRAYER OF SALVATION
If you haven’t accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you can do so right now. I then encourage you to find a good Bible-believing church that will help you grow in your relationship with the Lord.
Romans 10:9 (New International Version) says, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Please pray the following prayer:
Dear Jesus, I come to You confessing I am a sinner in need of a Savior. I believe You shed Your blood on the cross and died for my sins, were buried and rose again so I could be free! Please forgive me for my sins and the life I have lived. I confess You Jesus as Lord and accept You as my own personal Savior. According to the Word of God, I am now saved! Hallelujah! I AM FREE!
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF GOD!!!!!
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