Finding Our Identity in Christ
Really only one thing helps me maintain my integrity and composure at soccer games or volleyball matches: sitting as close as possible to the opposing team’s fans. It serves as a much needed barrier against my rants and ravings! If I have to sit next to the parent of another child, they become real and personal. It’s much more difficult after that to demonize the other team, scream at the ref or complain about my child’s playing time.
My responses at athletic competitions represent an area in need of constant redemption. I begin every game by telling myself I’ll be positive, encouraging and quiet. Yet at every game I struggle to do just that. I can justify my agitation by saying I just want my child to do well and to succeed, but it goes much deeper than that. What’s at the root of my behavior? If my son succeeds, then I succeed. And if I succeed I am worth something. I am valuable. Our identity is so often misplaced. Who can rescue us?
Group Discussion. In what ways do you feel insecure as a mother? What makes you anxious or worried?
Personal Reflection. Trying to be as honest with yourself as possible, how do you think God sees you or feels about you?
The first chapter of the book of Ephesians is a theological gem, in part because it answers the question of who we are. The true answer to that question is one we can’t hear enough. Read Ephesians 1:3-14.
Pray in an attitude of thankfulness for all the blessings that have been described in this passage. Thank the Lord for the specific ways in which these blessings have been seen in your life.
Now or Later
Read Colossians 1:15-20. Reflect on the power and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. How does this picture of Jesus help you cope with the challenges of motherhood?