Who Knows You Baby? Only God
Have you ever had someone snatch something away from you for no apparent reason except that they felt they had the power to do it? Although they felt their actions were justified they were clueless about the effects of their actions.
When I was young girl I remember going through the ceremonial exercise to pass from the Sunshine Band to the Purity Class. I went through the whole nine yards and attended the state ceremony and received my certificate with hundreds of other kids from churches across the state. It was somewhat of an honor because it also represented that you were growing up and ready for a new challenge. The primary requisite to obtain the certificate were your age. You see, once you became 12-years old you automatically were in the Purity Class, but you went through a symbolic ceremony to highlight that point.
At a later date, just like the other kids my age I came with my certificate in tow to be recognized at our home church. I can’t recall what actually happened, but like in so many instances the pastor singled me out as the “worse kid in church.” Did I rightfully deserve that label? Absolutely not! But for some reason he felt the need to place it on me.
In doing so it also meant I was going to be humiliated in front of the entire church. So, just as they were recognizing those who had received their certificates he arbitrarily decided to tell the entire congregation that he was taking my certificate back because I was not deserving. Right there he snatched that certificate out of my hands and made the declaration that I would remain in the Sunshine Band. I was horrified!
As I stood there I made a decision that for the rest of my life I would remain in the Sunshine Band. In essence, as I pondered the situation I realized that I wasn’t going to relinquish the power of my destiny to someone else. So I made the decision that what he felt was going to be a humiliating act for me, I was going to take control of my own destiny.
I never went to the Purity Class. I never received that certificate either. Yet, on that day I made the decision not to allow anyone to determine who I was and what I could be. I also made the decision that I wasn’t going to be some pathetic rabbit where someone could dangle a carrot in my face as a means of control and manipulation.
Early on I realized there are people, whether they are in positions of power or not, whose express intent is to keep you from becoming the person God created you to be. It is so important to know who you are and whose you are. At the tender age of 12, I can’t say I was in tuned with whose I was, but I surely had a clear idea about who I was. And I wasn’t going to allow negative words spoken over me chart my course.
Others’ opinions may matter, but when there is no basis don’t place a whole lot of credence in them. All they do is chip away at your self-esteem while tearing you down to prevent you from walking in your destiny. It is unfortunate that people feel the need to place these negative labels on others. Sure, I could have accepted that label as the “worse child in the church.” In my reasoning it could not have been true since I was the only child that attended church every time the door opened. So, I could not have been all that bad.
Had I accepted that negative connotation attached to my character I would have begun to believe it. Over the years it became a joke for me and I can even laugh about it with that very pastor. If I had embraced it as truth my destiny I would have been altered and my perception of who God created me to be would have been skewed. I would have relinquished my identity into the control of someone else.
God is the only one who truly knows you and who He created you to be. He is the only one who is truly in control of your destiny. The next time someone feels the need to negatively label you, remember who you are and most importantly whose you are. I did and I know I’m the better for it.
I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope. Jer 29:11 (GW)
So God created humans in his image. In the image of God he created them. He created them male and female. Gen 1:27 (GW)
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalms 139:14 (KJV)
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:Psalms 8:4-6 (KJV)
Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 1 Sam 16:7 (KJV)prayer
Father, I realize people feel the need to say unkind things. In many instances, there may not be a basis for them. Bless me to rise above these negative words spoken over my life and realize that You alone know who I am and who You created me to be. Bless me not to allow these negative words to determine my destiny and cause me not to fulfill the purpose You have for me. Bless me to rise above them as I become all You envisioned before the foundation of the earth. In doing so, I also forgive those who felt the need to speak venom and not life about me; and I ask you to bless them as well. Amen