Please click the link above (Set Me Free) to see the video that inspired me for this blog.
My school report was always "Lee could do better". When I left school and went to college, I was told by a teacher that I would never amount to anything! In school I was everyone's mate, the joker - everyone loved me but no one took me seriously! In school and at the start of college I was often told that I was gay because I was quite effeminate in the way I acted. I got fired from almost every job I had and the common theme was 'Lee you will never become anything because you never learn your lessons'!
I used to lie to everyone. I said that I had done this and that, I said I was a rock star, I told people that I had trials for certain teams. But then it got worse and I actually told some people that I had cancer and told other people that I had HIV. It got crazy!
"Why?" you ask. Why would someone tell people all those lies? Because I thought I was not good enough just being me. I thought that people would only like me if I was more than I was.
Now so many people I know live their life listening to the things that others have spoken over them. They believe they are not good enough, not brave enough, not whatever enough. Their heads remain down and they accept their fate. You can give your partner a 1000 compliments but it is the one slightly off comment that penetrates so deeply and then all the complements mean nothing.
Why? Why do we want to know what people think of us? Why does it matter? Why is it that while I was a youth worker in Haslemere I discovered that girls actually don't dress to impress guys but actually other girls. It's not because they are attracted to girls and want to be attractive to them but the opinion of their peers is far more important to them than whether a guy thinks they're cute or not!
Even to the detriment of one's health - I have seen young lads and ladies collapse with exhaustion and on two occasions their heart being compromised because they have been told that skinny is beautiful even if it may kill you!
Wow, what power! So important that some are even willing to die for someone's approval!
My freedom came when I found that the only one whose opinion matters is Jesus! It's nice to hear nice things about you from other people but in Jesus my identity is found. Read the following if you want to know what God thinks about you:
You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1 I know when you sit and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2 I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3 Even the very hairs on you head are numbered. Matthew 10:29-31 For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27 In me you live and move and have your being. Acts 17:28 For you are my offspring. Acts 17:28 I knew you even before you were conceived. Jeremiah 1:4-5 I chose you when I planned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12 You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16 I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. Acts 17:26 You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14 I knit you together in your mother's womb. Psalm 139:13 And brought you forth on the day you were born. Psalm 71:6 I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me. John 8:41-44 I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. 1 John 4:16 And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 1 John 3:1 Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. 1 John 3:1 I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. Matthew 7:11 For I am the perfect father. Matthew 5:48 Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. James 1:17 For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. Matthew 6:31-33 My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11 Because I love you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3 My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Psalms 139:17-18 And I rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 I will never stop doing good to you. Jeremiah 32:40 For you are my treasured possession. Exodus 19:5 I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. Jeremiah 32:41 And I want to show you great and marvelous things. Jeremiah 33:3 If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. Deuteronomy 4:29 Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 For it is I who gave you those desires. Philippians 2:13 I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. Ephesians 3:20 For I am your greatest encourager. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. Psalm 34:18 As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. Isaiah 40:11 One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Revelation 21:3-4 And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Revelation 21:3-4 I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. John 17:23 For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. John 17:26 He is the exact representation of my being. Hebrews 1:3 He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. Romans 8:31 And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. 1 John 4:10 I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8:31-32 If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. 1 John 2:23 And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. Romans 8:38-39 Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. Luke 15:7 I have always been Father, and will always be Father. Ephesians 3:14-15 My question is...Will you be my child? John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you. Luke 15:11-32
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