Who among us doesn’t long to hear those words…to be proclaimed “my beloved…in whom I am well pleased”? And the fact of the matter is, that we are at our truest selves, the “beloved of God”. And yet we struggle with accepting that identity, perhaps because we feel unworthy, too broken or too unimportant in the scheme of things to truly be “the beloved of God”. We live our lives based on who we think we are, we make decisions and choose to do or not to do, based on who and how we identify ourselves in relation to the world around us. So coming to embrace the reality that you are the “beloved of God” greatly impacts your life. It is in and through our identity as the “beloved of God” that we become “grace” to the world around us. In accepting this identity we are transformed and all our relationships are transformed as well. When we begin to live out of the identity of being the “beloved of God” we begin to see the world differently and we begin to act toward ourselves and others differently…with less judgment, less selfishness and with more mercy. We begin to live with more openness to self and others and we become filled with more gratitude and generosity. Embracing that we are the “beloved of God” changes not only how we see ourselves and how we see others but changes what we give value to in life and what we believe to be important or unimportant in life…what we are willing to live for and what we are willing to die for. Standing in that place of grace, being the “beloved of God” changes everything!
Do I accept my true identify as God’s beloved child? What self-image might I have to let go of to more fully accept being the “beloved of God”…how might it change my life? May each of us pray for the grace to accept our truest identity, a beloved child of God?
Blessings to you all in the New Year,