Put down those lenses!

“Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” Les Brown

Through whose lens do you view yourself and your life? Where did your assessments come from? From the moment we come out of the womb, generally the people around us have a lot to say about us. “He looks like his dad; she has her mothers eyes, shes going to be a writer like her auntie, he has two left feet!” Most people mean no harm but this is the beginning of what will shape us. The words you speak over a person are more powerful than we give them credit for, they become the audio that plays in a persons mind.

Was there ever something that you really felt passionate about doing but were talked out of because someone else said it wasn’t for you? Or maybe you tried and didn’t succeed as well as you had hoped, then quit and thought that person was right? Not doing something for fear of failure is living in a place of lack and we have no reason to live in lack because with God all things are possible. How can we hope and dream for the impossible? Papa God has infinite resources. He doesn’t look at your bank account or your abilities. If He has placed a dream in your heart, He is going to be the One to make it possible.

When you look in the mirror, do you see you for who you really are or who someone else told you, you are? Let’s go a little deeper. If you see yourself through someone else’s lens, you have to realize that they also wear other people’s lenses too. So their view of you wasn’t clear in the first place. It is kind of like the concept of ancestral baggage. Picture this, each declaration over me is a pair of glasses, one that fits neatly right on top of the next pair. After while, I am wearing numerous pairs of glasses all at once. Do you think that when I look in the mirror I can see myself clearly?

Now, let’s take them all off shall we? What am I left with? Me. Well… who am I? And who would have an accurate answer about who I am? You know where I’m going to go with this! Papa! He has all the answers and He has the most wonderful things to say about you! You can find many of those loving words of affirmation in the Bible and if that’s not enough for you, ask Him, He would be happy to share how delighted He is in you.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11

“For You formed my inmost being;You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139 13-14

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love  he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” Ephesians 1:4-6

“… but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” Romans 8:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14

You’re quite remarkable you know, He had you in mind for a very long time. You were made in His image, you are a light bearer, you are a child of the Most High. Ask Papa what He thinks about you, He will tell you of all the things about you that delight Him. He adores you. He sees you as perfect, not your perceived flaws or limitations. In Him, you are limitless. Ask Him to see yourself as He sees you, He is, after all the only One without a distorted lens. There is no corruption or darkness within Him. God is perfection, He is love. He is Papa God, our remarkable creator. Learn to love yourself and others the way that He does.

I hope this blessed someone today, much love friends.

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3 thoughts on “Put down those lenses!

  1. I absolutely loved this!! Thank you so much for sharing this.

    I’m apart of a group called American Heritage Girls and last night we encouraged the girls in our group to jot done three scriptures that shows God loves us and cares for us. This article reminds me of that.

    I loved that you call God Papa; I do the same in my prayers. I think many people forget that some of those in the Bible called Him Abba, which today can be Papa. I know so many who call Him Heavenly Father, but they see that term as more of a title than actually thinking ‘hey, this is my Papa, someone to have a child-parent relationship with’. I hope your article reminds someone of that aspect. Thanks again for sharing.

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    1. Thanks a lot friend! If you loved this blog please share it, more men and women need to know of Papa’s loving thoughts toward them.
      Heavenly Father sometimes sounds more like a boss name, rather than a name you would call someone you have a relationship with. He is my Heavenly Father but He is also Papa. I am glad you were blessed by this. Glad you are part of a group too, fellowship is so important! Much love sister.

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