Sunday, November 25, 2007

Who are you???

Go ahead...get the tune of the song from the late 70's by "The Who" in your head..."Whoooooooo are you? Who Who Who Who????" That's all I'm singing after I titled this!!! Ok...moving on.

Not one picture from our Thanksgiving so I'll be moving on from that too! I know you are highly disappointed. I do believe we had close to 100 people at my in-laws. CRAZY!

After spending ALL of November in "gratitude mode," I have seriously thought about what to say each time I write in this journal/blog....Since its still November, I'm sticking with the theme of gratitude and thankfullness even as we transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas!

This is my most favorite time of the year! If it weren't for the birth of that precious baby...we would all be completely lost....and that just scares me to death, makes me sad, but completely fills my heart with love for God who sent His son to dwell among us! He came to have a relationship with piddly ole me!

So, I sit here on Sunday evening with my family and ask myself a very important question. A BIG, BIG question. I am trying to think of all the times in social settings with family, friends, and even strangers and you hear people ask...."Now, who are you?? What do you do??"

Isn't that interesting that we want to "label" people based on who they are married to, where they work, where their kids go to school, who their friends are, what church they go to, their stuff, etc. I don't think we mean to do anything with this information other than putting them in our mind with a bunch of adjectives that help us remember who they are. At least I hope we don't do anything else with that information. I hope we don't judge or criticize people based on these adjectives. But wait! We sure can, can't we??? The world wants to label us and put us in boxes and thats fine as long as I'm in the Jesus box! :)

So, Fran, "who are you? What do you do??" Hmmmm.....what do I want my label to be first and foremost in the minds of others? And, how I rattle off the answer to the question...does that mean anything?? Why don't I name "I'm a child of God" first and foremost?? Because I'll just get it out there in the open.....it is not the 1st thing I say. And to be honest, I may not say it all. And you know what??? If there is not an opportunity to say, "I'm a child of God," then I hope my words....conversations, not talking about others, keeping my mouth shut when needed......along with my actions, speak volumes about "who I am."

Deuteronomy 7:6 says this, "For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession."

DON'T YOU LOVE THAT VERSE???!!!! You, me, all of us, are His treasured possession. Now, that is precious.

I am His.

That is who I am.

I belong to Jesus. It's not about anything else other than being His, FIRST!

I hope, daily, I can share something about Jesus to someone. If I do not have that opportunity to do so, I hope through my words and actions, people will know Who I belong to.

So...."Who are you? What do you do?"

My heart is busting with gratitude for Jesus. I love what He's done for me. Everything and everyone else will fall into its proper place when I put Him first. I hope you are confident in who you are and whose you are. Spend some time with Him daily. He'll knock your socks off when you do. And...I want to be blown away!

I'm many things to many people. But, I am His treasured possession. Always. No matter what I do to mess things up. That makes me grateful. It makes me love Him more. Being His treasured possession is an amazing thought.

Do you know who you are today?? You, being in Christ, are His treasured possession. Embrace Him. Embrace that truth and promise.

"Thank you Jesus for loving me, for treasuring me. Help me to shine ever so brightly for you this week. Help me to be a light that will bring others closer to You."

Lots of love, friends~
Thank you Joanne for the scripture out of Deuteronomy that I saw on your site. :)

9 comments:

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

LOVE THAT VERSE!!!

Awesome word here sister!

blessings
steph.

Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

Love that verse! Doesn't it feel amazing to be treasured? To know you're cherished and loved beyond measure?

Joanne

Alana said...

Thank you for that wonderful encouragement. How WONDERFUL to be a treasured possession!

Hillary said...

What a great post!!! It really got me thinking! Even to the point of what my attitude is when I answer the question, " Who are you? What do you do?" So often I get wrapped up in myself that I don't really stop to think about what it is I'm saying. I just pull out the typical response and move on. Sometimes never giving it a second thought. But you're right...I am HIS treasured possession and therefore I need to act like it! And live like it! Thanks again for sharing that!!

Hope you're having a great Monday! It's cold and rainy here in Northwest Arkansas!!!

BethAnne said...

I have a friend whose husband gets really mad when people ask him what he does for a living. He has a great job, but he says that people only ask that so they will know whether he is worthy to be their friend or not (there might be some truth to that).
You are so right that when someone asks about us,we should say we are a child of God (if not in words, then by our actions). At church last night one of our teens sang "Do they see Jesus in me?" and it really spoke to me. I often wonder if people see Jesus in me or if they just see another worldy person. I pray everyday that my life is a witness, unfortunately there are times when I know I fail at it.

connorcolesmom said...

Yes now I am singing that song which by the way is the opening song for CSI Las Vegas. I use to think the song was " NEW ORLEANS - NEW NEW NEW NEW ...."
My hubby would say "why would they be singing about New Orleans - they are in Las Vegas" - LOL!!
I tend to make up my own words for songs - it really is quite funny sometimes!
Anyway, great post and yes it has me thinking...
Love ya,
Kim

Bev Brandon said...

you touched my weary soul tonight...thank you

The Preacher's Wife said...

that deut. verse is one of my absolute favorites in all of Holy Writ..

great post...:)

Lisa

Joanne said...

Fran,

Reading your words make me want to jump up and down screaming, "Hallelujah!!!" Thank you for this post my friend. Tears come to my eyes and my nose is beginning to burn (my genetic sign for oncoming waterworks!)...we are so loved and He is so amazing, wonderful, awesome, exciting, fabulous, fantastic, marvelous...

So glad the verse inspired...there is life in His words..AMEN!!

Love, Joanne

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