Photography: Jennefer Wilson Photography
I am SO excited to be writing this post. When I first felt 100% sure that I was going to pursue this blog, this was the first post I thought about writing. It’s actually what made me think to pick a biblical theme for each month.
“Remember who you are and Whose you are”
The quote comes from my father-in-law, Ricky. Growing up, Ricky would always tell Ryan, “Remember who you are – a Taylor – and Whose you are – God’s”
Isn’t that quote gold?!
Ryan eventually got two tattoos in honor of it. He got his last name, “Taylor” on his left wrist and Exodus 4:12 on his right wrist – one of his favorite verses, maybe he can tell you the reason why sometime. 🙂
Now every time Ryan looks down at his wrists he’s reminded of exactly who he is and can be totally grounded with one glance. There’s something so cool (hot) about a man who is proud of his family and heritage (and tattoos). Also, my boo is a ginger if you couldn’t tell from his arm hair. We will be the Weasley’s some day and I’m not mad about it. I’m also not saying that makes me Hermione – but I’m also not not saying it – you feel?
The message behind it is just too good. Whether you want to tattoo your family name on your wrist or not –
you are someone to be proud of.
You are someone who is capable of doing amazing things. This is true regardless of your past, even despite the worst mistake you’ve ever made or the mistakes you can’t seem to stop making (anyone with me?!).
You are a new creation.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
Take that new life, y’all. Grab it and run. Not one of us deserves it, but if we ask for it, it is freely given. It’s right in front of us.
If you ever need to be reminded of Whose you are – remember that God says that you are a daughter/son of:
the Alpha + the Omega
the great I Am
the ultimate Healer + Comforter
the same God who rescued the Israelites from pharaoh
the same God who sent his only son to die on a cross
That same God knows you personally and loves each part of you. That’s who you are + He’s whose you are.
For some of you this might not be new information – maybe you’ve even heard it a million times. I’m with you. I’ve heard this my whole life and still get discouraged. Honestly, most of the time I’m the one filling my mind with negative things. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve told myself I’m not smart enough, pretty enough, thin enough, capable enough, likeable enough, etc. The things we tell ourselves can be so powerful and so harmful.
You have to choose to allow God’s voice to be stronger – because He’s definitely going to tell you how capable you are. All of this may sound really cheesy and fluffy, but I can tell you that a healthy perspective of yourself can change your life and relationships.
So let’s think about what we put in our minds. Do we allow positive and healthy input that leads to joy and understanding? Or do we allow negative and dangerous input that leads to comparison and doubt?
Let’s choose a new life.
I’d love to know which verses/which people give you a healthy self-check!! Have an amazing Wednesday!
– Caitlin –