Our children? (‘You’re an amazing mum!’)
Our work? (‘World’s Best Teacher’. ‘Great job on the Presentation.’ ‘Nice ironing.’)
Our appearance? (‘All’s right with the world because I Have Great Hair’)
Friends? (‘I don’t know who I am, but I know You’re Great’)
Family? (‘I’m the eldest so I’m responsible’)
Partners? (From ‘I do’ to ‘You’ll Do’)
Old Hurts? (‘I was always the stupid one: I’ll never be a Success’)
Old Triumphs? (‘Needlework Champion, 1982 – and Still A Winner’)
Magazines? (‘Rediscover Your Potential and Liberate Your Inner Wise Woman’)
The news? (‘The world is a Mess! Scary! Unsafe! Full of Fracking and Seagulls That Eat Small Children’)
Our diet? (‘I ate too little/too much: I am a Disaster.’ ‘Atkins Saved My Life’. ‘Step Away from the Twizzlers, We’re a Muesli Household’)
Clothes? (‘Prada or Death.’ ’10p in Oxfam- saved a Fortune’. ‘No tie, no entry’.)
Music? (‘Last night was a blur’ or ‘last night at the proms?’ (Potentially both)
Church? (‘That’s Conservative Evangelical to you’. ‘Evensong or death’. ‘Hands up if you love Jesus’)
Money? Status? Facebook Friends? Football Team? Education? BMI?
..Or something else?
Before all these things
Before your family called you useless
Before your friends said you were dull
Before you starting self-harming
Before your first day at school
Before the strip on your mum’s pregnancy test turned blue
You were loved. Accepted. Chosen. Perfect in Him.
And Nothing Has Changed.
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ. (Ephesians 1:4)