Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
I usually don't dress in costume on October 31st. I make some lame remark to my kids, accompanied by an uncomfortable chuckle, about my being dressed as a mom. Truth is I just don't want one more thing to do in my week.
But I got inspired by this blog to dress up this year...as an identity thief. At first it was just a fun, inexpensive way to give my family and friends a grin but as I thought about it, I realized it was a part of who I've allowed myself to be.
That teenage girl who lived a double life to please both her parents and her friends.
The young wife who cooked, cleaned, washed and worked to win her husband's approval.
The older mom who worries and stresses over meeting the demands of four daughters.
I let accomplishments and approval define who I am but Jesus came to be my identity thief. He took all names I would call myself and all the lame attempts at who I would try to be apart from Him to the cross.
He assured me that there was one who came to steal but He had come to give me abundant life.
I capture the abundance He freely offers when I open my ears to His voice. He gently calls me a new name -
Apple of His Eye
Will you continue to protect yourself? Or will you let the Identity Thief tell you who He truly created you to be?