When the Gold Stars Stop

Read: But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name – he has given the right to become God’s children. John 1:12 (NIV)

Reflect: My entire life I was able to crank out achievement after achievement. From grade school to middle school through high school and college I racked up awards and honors. My teachers knew me, my school celebrated me and everything came easily. While it was awesome for my self-esteem, it lulled me into a false narrative where I equated my worth with my achievements. My identity was based in large part with the notoriety I gained from my accomplishments.

Which was all fine and good until my outward accomplishments came to a screeching halt and I found myself at home with an infant, and shortly following, a second baby. Notoriety, achievements, recognition, awards…all swept aside in exchange for diapers, sippy cups, nap time, tantrums and sticky kisses. I loved my kids and I loved my time with them but I faced a serous identity crisis. Who was I if no one was patting me on the back?

Facing this head on forced me to wrestle with God about who he says I am. I had to refocus my perspective to start with what God says is true about me and find my significance from there. My kids are older and I am back out among people again! But I am careful not to attach my worth to the feedback I hear from others and instead stay grounded in what God has to say about me and draw my significance from there.

React: Where do you find your self-worth? How can basing your significance on God’s truth about you help you live in freedom?

Pray: Lord, help us build our foundation on our identity in you!