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Lent Day 27

“I am a boy and not a man.”

“I am a girl and not a woman.”

This lie hits a little too close to home, as I believed this lie for many years.  It came to my attention on a kayak trip in the San Juan’s a few years ago.  In a time of reflection I realized that this lie was buried deep and was having a big impact on how I operated on a daily basis.  I would go into meetings, enter into friendships, and try and carry out my role as husband, father, friend, co-worker, and minister through the lens of a boy.  The result: stress and performance.  Stress because most situations were too much to handle from the vantage point of a boy, and performance because a boy longs for acceptance and approval.

In the midst of this journey the Lord used an incredible Scripture to encourage me, “This is my command – Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  (Joshua 1:9)  Something in these words began to sink in.  First off, it is a command from God.  He is saying do this, believe this about yourself.  Secondly, fear is the opposite of belief.  In this I saw the Lord asking me to believe that I am a man created by Him.  Lastly, believing the truth that God is with me wherever I go gives me the confidence to enter into any situation or relationship knowing that I am a man who can handle whatever comes my way.  As a practical reminder for the past few years I write these words in the beginning of each new journal: “I am a strong, confident, courageous man…”  I read these words each morning to remind myself who and I am because the Lord has created me.

Lie:  “I am a boy and not a man.” “I am a girl and not a woman.”

Truth:  We are men and women of God created by Him.

– Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  (Joshua 1:9)

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