You Really Are Accepted

And Grace calls out, ‘You are not just a disillusioned old man who may die soon, a middle-aged woman stuck in a job and desperately wanting to get out, a young person feeling the fire in the belly begin to grow cold. You may be insecure, inadequate, mistaken or potbellied. Death, panic, depression, and disillusionment may be near you. But you are not just that. You are accepted.’ Never confuse your perception of yourself with the mystery that you really are accepted.
— Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out

Did you catch that? “But you are not just that.” What great news that is. Our purpose and worth is bigger than what we think about ourselves. To be accepted means to be received with approval or favor. (Dictionary.com) God is not grudgingly accepting us while huffing and sighing and rolling his eyes. He is receiving us with approval. He is receiving us with favor. Knowing and understanding this should make a difference in our lives.

  • When we are depressed, knowing we are accepted is reason to feel joy.
  • When we are angry, knowing we are accepted is reason to accept others despite their faults.
  • When we are disillusioned or disappointed, knowing we are accepted is one hope we can count on.
  • When we are jealous, knowing we are accepted gives us something else on which to focus.
  • When we feel greed, knowing we are accepted exposes the insufficiency of material things to make us happy.
  • When we feel guilty, knowing we are accepted makes us fall to our knees in gratitude.

Some of my thoughts about myself through the years are true. I am not good enough to please God, I am a sinner, and I continue to mess up. Other thoughts about myself are lies from Satan. I am ugly, fat, stupid, a terrible mother, not good enough, or lazy. These are the thoughts I must challenge. Don’t let those thoughts consume you. Remember you are accepted by the Creator of the universe.

Brennan Manning warns us not to mix these two things up. Our thoughts about ourselves, some true and some warped, are not the definitions of who we are. God’s acceptance of us defines who we are. You are accepted. Relish that today.

What lies have you believed about yourself?

 

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