Friday, May 29, 2009

Garbage Colored Glasses

I'm the only one that wears them right? You know those glasses that are colored in such a way it skews what you think of what you see in a negative way...particularly when you're looking at your own reflection. Well, at the TOFW workshop I attended two weeks ago Kim Nelson, author and counselor, counseled us to take them off.

He began talking about how can can REALLY know if God loves us...he said to really understand that we need to do 4 things. First we need to know and understand WHY we came to Earth, second we MUST understand and realize Heavenly Father's love and affection for us, third we must understand and recognize Satan's commitment to destroy is and fourth we need to find joy where we are. He goes on to talk about how when we're teaching our kids to ride their bikes for the first time how they take off on their own and often inevitably fall where we rush to their side. He says as parents we're often the first to the wreck and so is Heavenly Father when we wreck our lives, hearts, emotions, or whatever.

That was all good, it REALLY was...but what hit me most was when he said he was gonna ask us a question we'd hate him for later. He asked us to consider what we'd think if we saw a woman treating her daughter the way we treat ourselves....WOW. My knee-jerk reaction was "that she should be arrested for child abuse." Kim says it's important to take off the "garbage colored glasses" and learn to see ourselves as Heavenly Father does...before we were ANYTHING else (let's face it as women we are a lot of different things to a lot of different people...wife, mom, taxi driver, shrink, medic, maid, teacher, well you get the point) we were FIRST a daughter of God and God loves us simply because we are HIS. Not for any other reason...

So, since then, I've been trying to take those garbage colored glasses off more and more...it's difficult I'll admit, but I'm getting better.

1 comment:

Becky said...

Thank you for this inspiring post. Just what I needed to read tonight!