Jackson Five Friday: Highs and Lows

Hey Friends,

Last week I wrote about how nice it was to be affirmed and loved on my birthday, which was Wednesday. Alas, the tide can quickly change.

On Friday I went to an event at the boys’ school which included an insane dunk contest and a luncheon featuring an inspiring talk by Gary Brackett. Brackett was sporting his Super Bowl ring that he won with the Indianapolis Colts. The moms I was hanging with said, “Let’s go meet him.”

I ended up being able to tell him how much I appreciated his faith through his many tragic losses. He lost his dad, his mom and his brother in a three year span. In our brief conversation we marveled that anyone could live through something like that without the Lord.

But then things turned south when a picture was snapped. The picture, and I can’t bring myself to share it, is me, then my tiny mom friend, then Gary, then my other friend, who is somewhat tall. I am wearing boots in the picture and it is in portrait mode angle.

Later that afternoon I showed the picture to Nate. Nate is usually sweet and thoughtful. He is a wonderful writer and has penned some of the best cards ever written. But when I showed him the picture he was aghast.

“Mo–om!!” he declared, “You look huge!”

Now I don’t know how many times you’ve taken a picture with an NFL player and yet you’ve been the one declared “huge,” but it was a first for me. A hilarious first. For days every time I thought of it, I’d crack up all over again.

But seriously if our identity rests in the opinions of others, we are inherently unstable. I don’t want to be blown about by ebbs and flows, I want to root my identity in who Jesus says that I am.

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 1 John‬ ‭3:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I am a child of God, the daughter of the one true King. My worth is not determined by what others think. It’s not even determined by what I do or say. Instead, my identity is not affected by achievements or failures, but is firmly established as a co-heir with Christ. Life is full of highs and lows, but a right view of our relationship with God means our true identity is unchanging. There is such freedom found in living into this truth.

I hope you know that freedom, and have a fabulous weekend savoring your identity as a child of God!

With Love,

Kristie

P.S. In fairness to Nate he immediately said, “I don’t mean wide, Mom, I just mean tall.” But still…

P.S.S. An excellent song that aptly describes the truth I’m driving at is this.

I used to have the kind of radio in my car that you could pause and rewind. It’s such a great feature. But anyway we were on a late night road trip about a year ago, and this song came on. We were probably twenty-five minutes from our destination, and my husband decided he loved the song so much that he’d just keep rewinding it until we arrived. Nate was the only one awake to endure the seemingly endless loop. Somehow that feels a little bit like poetic justice about now.

These are the lyrics to Hillsong Worship’s Who You Say I Am:

Who am I that the highest King
Would welcome me?
I was lost but He brought me in
Oh His love for me
Oh His love for me
Who the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed
I’m a child of God
Yes I am
Free at last, He has ransomed me
His grace runs deep
While I was a slave to sin
Jesus died for me
Yes He died for me
Who the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed
I’m a child of God
Yes I am
In my Father’s house
There’s a place for me
I’m a child of God
Yes I am
I am chosen
Not forsaken
I am who You say I am
You are for me
Not against me
I am who You say I am
I am chosen
Not forsaken
I am who You say I am
You are for me
Not against me
I am who You say I am
I am who You say I am
Who the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed
I’m a child of God
Yes I am
In my Father’s house
There’s a place for me
I’m a child of God
Yes I am
In my Father’s house
There’s a place for me
I’m a child of God
Yes I am
I am chosen
Not forsaken
I am who You say I am
You are for me
Not against me
I am who You say I am
I am chosen
Not forsaken
I am who You say I am
You are for me
Not against me
I am who You say I am
I am chosen
Not forsaken
I am who You say I am
You are for me
Not against me
I am who You say I am
Oh, I am who You say I am
Yes, I am who You say I am
Who the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed
I’m a child of God
Yes I am
In my Father’s house
There’s a place for me
I’m a child of God
Yes I am

One thought on “Jackson Five Friday: Highs and Lows

  1. Lucy Aboudara says:

    Lovely post, Kristie! After we sing this song at church, I feel like I have washed off the lesser labels of the world and the ones I put on myself and instead put on the only one that matters. It’s a powerful song!

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