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Choose Your Paint

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So much of my life’s journey has been about finding my deeper identity in Jesus; about finding who He says I am. It’s been about ignoring the identities offered to me by everyone else- society, feminists, conservatives, my own genetic heritage, my past, my faults, other people’s words. All of those things have, at moments, screamed loud and strong in my ears begging me to take them on. At times, I’ve embraced the identities those moments offered in hope those identities would bring fulfillment and quiet the accusations in my mind telling me I was too much of one thing or not enough of another. Those internal accusations kept my identity swinging like a pendulum between anxiety and condemnation. They didn’t offer the confidence and stability i craved when questioning my worth. Then I realized, I was getting my information from the wrong source.
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I’ve realized thoughts are like puddles of paint on an artist’s pallet and our choice to believe a thought is equivalent to dipping our brush into the paint. We dip our brush and paint on the canvas of our lives what we believe to be true, no matter how contrary it may be to the real truth about ourselves found in the Word of God. If we choose to continually dip from the palette of what society says we should be, our peer group pressure us to be, our past chains us to be, or fear haunts us to be, the canvas of our life will start transforming into a disheveled mess.The image will be skewed and no clear identity shines through. The painter keeps trying but their canvas brings anxiety and a sense of lack and frustration.
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On the contrary, when we shut out the noise and turn to the TRUTH of what God says about our identity, we dip our brushes into an entirely different Artist’s pallet. A pallet full of beautiful life-giving colors. The canvas of our lives begins to take on an entirely new image. An image fulfilling to see and be; one in which the viewer can tell a Master Artist must have painted.
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What I just described to you has been my personal journey of discovering who God says I am. I’ve learned when we select our paints through the filter of, “What does my Heavenly Father say about me in this area,” we dip our brush into the paint predestined for us before the world began and become what He has called us to become.
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Today, choose your paint based on the identity He has ALREADY given you. When a master sets out to paint a canvas, the image is already in His mind. You taking God’s thoughts concerning your life and future, causes you to work with Him, not against Him, and your life will become a masterpiece He created.