My older son has a great way of making me think about things!
We were making one of our many feed runs recently when he said jokingly, “I wonder how your online community would react if they really knew who you used to be?”
Would they jump ship or think less of me? Would their opinion of me dwindle?
You see, in the past, I was a lot of things that I am not today!
I was a stone cold liar. I took pride in the fact that I could lie straight to someone’s face and they couldn’t tell.
I was as defiant as the day is long and lived for a good fight, both verbally and physically.
I could out drink and cuss more than most longshoremen!
In the quiet of checking cows in the evening a wave of emotion hit me as I realized I am not that same person anymore!
I am fully and completely a new creation in Christ.
And I hope this doesn’t sound harsh but it really doesn’t matter what people think of me.
I know Jesus died for ME! He came to save me even when he knew I was going to be such a pain in the butt first.
But here is the best part, Jesus not only died to save us He completely transforms us!!
We are made NEW!! The old is gone and we are a new creation!
Does that mean we will never mess up again? If you’ve been alive for more than two minutes you already know that answer.
Regardless of our mess ups we are NOT our old selves.
Do I still cuss from time to time? Yep.
Is that my identity? Nope!
So let’s quit letting who we USED TO BE determine our identity now. When we accept Jesus as your Savior – our identity is a child of the One True King!!
That’s worth shouting for joy about, am I right?