I have a child who struggles with a severe lack of self-confidence. Often – seemingly out of nowhere – I'll be approached with a worried face and a weighty question: "Am I okay?"
For years I've been asked this same question by this same child, and I always know it means it's time to sit down, lock eyes, and earnestly assure this tender soul.
There are so many questions behind those three little words. "Am I okay" really means:
- Am I good enough?
- Do I fit in?
- Do people like me?
- Can I feel safe?
- Am I worthy of love?
I'll tell you exactly what I tell this sweet child of mine. "You are more than okay." Did you catch that? Because it goes for you, too. YOU are MORE than OKAY.
How do I know this to be true? Because God says so. He chose to create you. He made you uniquely and with great purpose. You matter to God... and to me. You matter to a lot of other people, too. You are worthy of love because you are Loved.
It doesn't matter if you're feeling particularly unlovable in this moment – because of what you've said or what you've done. It doesn't matter if your hair is a mess. If your life is a mess. It doesn't matter how society says you should look or function. You are loved. Period. YOU ARE LOVED – in the skin you're in, yes even in the sin you're in. You are never too far from God to outrun His unconditional love.
He says you're good enough. He says you fit in with Him. He says He wants to welcome you into a life-changing, world-shaking relationship. And if the Most High God esteems you in such high regard, who really cares what anyone else thinks?
Walk in that freedom this Independence Day weekend. Walk in that Truth. And then RUN. Run to redemption and find true peace for your soul.
Update on My Health:
My treatment to prevent recurrence is going well with some modifications to our original plan. A small spot detected on my lung in May turned out to be very inconsequential. We'll repeat a CT scan in 6 months, but my doctors expect continued positive news. With one last surgery approaching (in August?), the light at the end of this long, dark tunnel is shining so much brighter. Thank you for your continued prayers and encouragement!
This post is dedicated to my niece, Stellablue, who turns 13 today. Ride the wind, Snowflake, and know that you are deeply Loved. Have the happiest birthday!
More than Okay,
"But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8