Free to Be Me

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” – John 8:36

Yesterday the sun was out, and after several weeks of cloudy, gloomy days, I was determined to make the most of it. After my husband came home from work, I quickly grabbed my headphones and went for a long walk around the neighbhorhood. For a solid hour, I was encouraged by the songs on our local Christian radio station. As I felt the warm sun beating down on my face, I also sensed God speaking peace, joy, and love to me through the music. Of all the songs I heard, one in particular jumped out at me. It was as if the Lord was saying, “Kristen, listen to these words. This is for you today.”

I got a couple dents in my fender
Got a couple rips in my jeans
Try to fit the pieces together
But perfection is my enemy
And on my own I’m so clumsy
But on Your shoulders I can see
I’m free to be me

Sometimes I believe
That I can do anything
Yet other times I think
I’ve got nothing good to bring
But You look at my heart and you tell me
That I’ve got all You seek*

The Lord has set me free from the chains of perfectionism, but I choose to keep myself in bondage when I set ridiculously high standards and demand more of myself than God does. My value and worth is not determined by what I do or how well I do it. Instead, my true identity is completely wrapped up in who I am, or rather, whose I am. I belong to the Lord. He loves and accepts me just as I am. I’m His child, fearfully and wonderfully made in His image, and saved by His amazing grace. When I remember who I am in Christ and forget all that other silly stuff that doesn’t matter anyway, then I can truly be free to be the woman God created me to be.

*Free to Be Me” by Francesca Battistelli

Comments

  1. I LOVE that song too!
    Thanks for stopping by to visit – it is nice to meet you! I am glad that you directed me towards your wonderful blog – I look forward to reading more and getting to know you better.

    Your recipes look yummy! I AM at the tail end of the Daniel Fast and very sorry to see it end. I have been enjoying the weight loss and my close time with the Lord and am thinking I may continue the fast for awhile longer. I look forward to some new recipes – thanks for sharing them!
    Blessings on your day today,
    Kymber