You are God’s beloved child! That is a glorious and wonderful image. As I write, I realize that this might not be a pleasant image for someone who has been abused by their parents. They may envision being a child as being abused by the image of God as a parent. If that’s true for you, then try this. Imagine the most wonderful parent in the world; one who is caring, understanding, yet establishing protective boundaries and providing guidance when needed. This is the image that comes to my mind, yet I know it is limited and just a small part of who God really is. We can never fathom the love God has for us. I have never experienced any kind of punishment from God. Does God expect me to love the best I can and carry my cross? Of course. Does God ask me to be honest with myself and realize my weaknesses? Of course.
Before going to sleep, surrender your fear and worries to God. Surrender all that you are to Him, with the intention of doing as He pleases. Does that mean that, during the day, you can sit back and wait for God to care for people? Of course not. But it does mean that you can try to follow God, realizing that every perfect gift comes from Him. Any gift we are given is to be used to bring to life His kingdom of love. I believe He asks that of all of us.
I used to work with children who suffered severe physical and mental disabilities. Most weren’t able to feed themselves or go to the bathroom alone. None of them could talk. You might wonder how they are called to build up the kingdom of God, yet they are. These children taught me that success isn’t measured by our position in life or how much money we have. Success is using the gifts we are given. Each of the children I assisted had a gift that only they could bring into my life. They taught me humility. How would you like someone to feed you, change your diapers, and not even be able to utter a word of thanks? Yet, these children trusted me to provide that care for them. They had no choice. Their experiences also taught me gratitude for what I have; for the basic things I often take for granted.
The point of this example is that all of us are called to build up God’s kingdom, and we are all God’s beloved! Today, I ask you to reflect on the truth of being God’s beloved child. What does that mean to you? What does it mean to you to know that you are called to build up the kingdom of God? Does it help knowing you are God’s beloved child when you feel lonely?