I hope that you will claim your identity as a Christian. When you become a Christian you become a son or a daughter of God. You are no longer identified as lost, broken, messed-up, or dysfunctional. Labels like loser, worthless, not good enough, don’t tell who you are. Claim your identity as a Christian. You are beautiful, loved, blessed, redeemed, purposeful, and joyful. Your past is no longer your story. Your messes have been forgiven and forgotten. You know who you are, a son or a daughter of God. You are now living in God’s story for your life, not your old story. You are free. No more fake smile or past hurts or sins defining your life. No more negative voices telling you who you are. There is one voice that speaks for all of heaven and earth, and it is a forever voice. It is the voice of God, and He says, “You are my son or you are my daughter. You are beautiful, amazing, and magnificent,” and God says, “I take great delight in you.” God didn’t mess up when He made you. According to Psalm 139, you were custom- made by the hands of God even before you took up space in your mother’s womb. When you were saved, God put His spirit in you. You are terrifically designed, terrifically loved by God. Jesus didn’t come to correct our behavior. He came to correct our identity. You are a son or a daughter of God. Claim your identity. Live your identity as an amazing beautiful child of God.
– Dr. Tim Thompson