You know the feeling well.
The one where hurtful words by another have overwhelmed you and you've allowed those words to carry your heart to a place where it does not belong.
And with all of those hurtful words hovering over you and with all of life's demands and with all of the many ways in which you are needed and hurried and overwhelmed every day, you have forgotten one small thing.
You are God's Magnum Opus.
Which is no small thing beautiful friend.
There will be people who will want to convince you otherwise.
But His voice has to be the loudest in our lives.
Louder than any well meaning family or friends.
Louder than the critics.
Louder than a hundred people combined.
If we do not know the truth that is God's word and who He says we are, we will be tempted to believe the words of other people.
Their voices will be the loudest.
And we cannot allow the brokenness in other people to reduce us, intimidate us or confine us.
You are not the sum total of someone else's definition of you.
And you cannot spend your beautiful, amazing, incredible gift of a life operating out of hurtful words that someone else has spoken over you.
We have to know the truth about who we are in order to come against anything that doesn't line up with His word.
And His word is overflowing with truth about who we really are.
"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He has planned for us long ago." Ephesians 2:10
This is truth.
You are God's masterpiece.
You are His magnum opus.
His beautiful daughter. His beloved child. You are His heart song. You are His gift. You are His crown jewel. His indescribable gift.
You are regarded as His most important work.
Please do not allow anyone, ever, for any reason, under any circumstance, to convince you otherwise.
Write these words down and read them every, single day as a reminder.
And when the enemy comes in like a flood to try and tear you down and tell you otherwise.
You are God's masterpiece. His magnum opus. His most important work.
If you are surrounded by people who may be telling you otherwise...
You may need to kindly remove yourself from those people and get alone with God and His beautiful and life-giving words and allow Him to teach you the truth about who you really are.
You are amazing and incredible and brilliant and creative and beautiful and inspiring.
You are unique and full of wisdom and hope and faith and goodness and kindness and gentleness.
You are an extraordinary gift of love to this world and please, don't ever forget this.
Know that you were created on purpose FOR purpose- no matter how you came into this world.
You are a beautiful and extraordinary masterpiece knit together by the Master Himself.
Walk in this truth today.