In a few hours, I am going to be leading a small study at Freedom Home. I normally don't lead a weekly study, but I think it will be a help to do so for the next month.
I am doing the study on our identity in Christ. Sounds pretty simple, but WHO we are in Christ is probably the key truth the girls at Freedom Home need to understand (as well at the rest of Christians around the world!). Our views of ourselves are so distorted, maybe just more obvious at Freedom Home.
I am printing off photos of each of the girls. I have transparency sheets that we are going to lay over top of the photos. I am then going to have the girls write on the sheets, views of themselves that they may have. Perhaps it is words that people have said to them. Perhaps it is ideas that Satan has told them. Perhaps it is just how they feel about themselves.
But then we will pull the sheet back and see the photo--the way GOD sees them.
He sees us as valuable, wonderful, created in His image.
We see ourselves as worthless, performance-driven, incapable, limited. Some see themselves as fat (thus anorexia). Others see themselves are perfect (thus narcissists). Some see themselves as unholy (thus driven to DO, even in regards to their faith).
The problem has never been how God sees me. The problem is really all the junk I've allowed to be written on top of that image.
What have you written on top of your image? Allowed to be written there?
[Would appreciate your prayers as I share--8:30 am CST]