Too many of us live with a distorted perspective of God. We believe that God loves; we just aren’t convinced at the core of our being that He loves us. We either jump on the performance treadmill to try and earn God’s love, or we wallow in guilt and condemnation.
This distorted perspective affects how we see ourselves. We look in the mirror, and instead of seeing one loved and forgiven by God, created in His image, empowered to influence the world for Him, we see something else. We see images from the past. We play the destructive video clip over and over in our minds and come to the same conclusion: I’m a failure…fat…insignificant…ugly…worthless…dumb…hopeless…unworthy… unloved…a nobody.
If this sounds familiar to you, then I need to warn you about something: Distorted images are not only shaping your perspective but are also hindering your possibilities. If you see yourself as insignificant long enough, you’ll start to act accordingly.
Embracing God’s perspective of you—living with eyes wide open—is so important because it allows you to become the person God created you to be.
~ Excerpted from Eyes Wide Open by Jud Wilhite
I wholeheartedly agree with what Jud writes here because this has been a major part of my journey with God. It is impossible to truly know God without also coming to grips with how He sees us. And that will influence every single aspect of our journey with Him!