Made His Way
Where does my identity lie?
Identity has been something I’ve struggled with my entire life.
When I was in middle school, my identity was in my grades. If I performed well, I was happy with who I was. When I received a poor grade, I tore myself down.
In high school, I tried to find my identity in how I looked and what people thought of me. I wanted so badly to be what society tells us is pretty, and I did all I could to be that. But somehow I always fell short, and felt lost and alone.
In this blog post, I talk about my struggles with an eating disorder, and how Jesus was my cure.
But even since coming to know Christ, standing firm in my identity as a child of God isn’t always easy. Sometimes the world makes me feel inadequate. Sometimes I look in the mirror and neglect to see the beautiful creation God made me to be.
So I turned to the Word.
I know what it’s like to feel alone, anxious, and lost. I know what it’s like to place my identity where it doesn’t belong. I know what it’s like to be pressured by society to be something I am not.
And I believe that is why God placed it on my heart to write the Made His Way 14-day Bible study. This devotional is about focusing your eyes on Christ and finding worth in who he made each one of us to be. It’s about letting go of the expectations of this world to embrace the identity He gives us – a chosen, child of God.
So what does “Made His Way” mean to me?
Ephesians 2:10 says “We are God’s masterpiece”.
He made us perfectly in His image.
We are holy and set-apart.
We are a temple of the Lord.
And a temple must be cared for well.
When your identity is found in the world’s view of you and what others think, it is hard to care for the temple. Pressures to be thin cause a poor relationship with exercise and food. Self-care becomes a chore, and feelings of shame, unworthiness, and insecurity result in a distracted heart.
I believe that there are 4 things that allow us to care for the temple He has given us. Placing our identity in Christ frees us from the pressures of this world, and allows us to:
1. Practice self-love.
2. Practice mindful movement & enjoy exercising.
3. Eat intuitively to nourish our bodies.
4. Live intentionally, especially in relationships.