Read: But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it. So whether you heard it from me or from those others, it’s all the same: We spoke God’s truth and you entrusted your lives. I Corinthians 15:10-11 (MSG)

Reflect: Two months after I lost my job I was struggling with depression every day. Some days I was so confused I couldn’t even hold a normal social conversation. One morning I woke up really out of sorts. I shot up from bed and looked at my wife and asked, “What am I good at? I can’t think of a single thing I know how to do…” I said it so nonchalantly, like I had misplaced my car keys or my phone.

Looking back, I now know that so much of who I was got wrapped up in what I was hired to do professionally. I was wrapped up in the opinions of influencers, approval of others, and the drive to please clients over pleasing the Father. I forgot WHO I was, because I forgot WHOSE I was.

After multiple counseling sessions, I was able to reframe my mindset and remember I belong to Jesus. With consistent focus and effort, we are like buddies now. I spend time with him every day praying and listening. I ask him to place people in my heart who I can work with and serve. Now I wake up every day with great energy to carry out the things Jesus asks of me, and I have great peace all the time knowing WHOSE I am.

React: Do you feel like you forgot WHOSE you are? Really think about it this week and admit where you need to receive his loving grace and forgiveness.

Pray: Jesus, thank you for making a way for me to remember I am yours. Thank you for giving me purpose in my daily life and energy to reach people you are calling on me to serve.