I was reading a story about a new mother who just had twins. Lots of people came to see them in the hospital and as well meaning people do, they would hold one of the twins and say in their baby voice something like, “You look like you are going to be a football player.” The mother would gently take her baby back into her arms and whisper, “don’t listen to them, you can be anything you want to be.” I think I will probably be that type of mother. The type of mother who is overly protective about the words society tries to whisper into my sweet baby’s ear. Because despite the saying, words have the power to hurt us more than sticks and stones ever could.
I like to think that God is that type of father too. Society doesn’t stop labeling us once we grow up. It seems that everyone everywhere has an opinion on what type of person we are or should be. Sometimes they keep it to themselves, and sometimes they feel the need to let us know we are not doing a good enough job of being ourselves. It is impossible to escape this feeling that we are not enough – that we are not doing enough – that we do not have what it takes to ever be enough.
It is in those moments that I believe God pulls us into our arms starts whispering love back into our tattered soul. He whispers for us not to listen to them because he created us to be smart, loved and valuable. He whispers that He has made us to do wonderful things with our lives and no one but Him can tell us otherwise. Continue reading