“You are just a step-mother, but I guess that’s like being a mother so I can wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.“ Those words left her mouth and pierced my heart before I could blink. For just a moment, they took my breath away.
Bless her heart! She’s a sweet lady who didn’t realize what she was saying. She did not understand the power of one simple word – JUST.
My mind began to wander…if I am JUST a step-mother then I am JUST a “step” mother-in-law. If I am JUST a step-mom, then I am JUST a “step” grandmother. If I am JUST a step-mom, then I am JUST “this” or I am JUST “that.”
The strength of God ignited my soul, and my thoughts shifted to…Nope – I’m not going there today! I’m not going to allow one simple word – JUST – to rob me of my joy and reduce my self-worth and value.
What messages have others planted in your mind?
What messages have you allowed to take root in your heart?
What lies have you believed?
What negative beliefs have you allowed to take up residence in your heart, mind, and life?
THERE ARE SO MANY AREAS OF LIFE WHERE WE CAN REDUCE OURSELVES TO “JUST.”
- I am JUST single.
- I am JUST a stay-at-home mom.
- I am JUST a foster mom.
- I am JUST a Pastor’s wife.
- I am JUST a cashier at WalMart.
- I am JUST a waitress.
- I am JUST a secretary.
- I am JUST on disability.
- I am JUST this and I am JUST that.
- I AM JUST A NOBODY!
I’ve heard that simple work “JUST” come out of people’s mouths so many times, and it always makes me cringe.
SO WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT “JUST?”
A “JUST” mindset compels us to drive ourselves relentlessly to succeed and “prove” our worth and value.
A “JUST” mindset that drives us to succeed also establishes a platform for a prideful spirit and a false sense of self-worth.
A “JUST” mindset entices us to compete with and compare ourselves to others. It sets the stage for jealousy, and it separates us from those we love.
A “JUST” mindset can propel us into a low self-esteem and depression.
A “JUST” mindset creates internal restlessness. We constantly try to make ourselves feel better about who we are, and we need others to do the same.
A “JUST” mindset causes us to live below our appointed position in Christ and to miss our God-given destiny.
LET ME FILL YOU IN ON A FACT…YOU CAN TAKE THIS TO THE BANK!
You are not “JUST” “THIS” and you are not “JUST” “THAT.”
God does not reduce us to “JUST” so let’s not reduce ourselves to “JUST.”
YOU ARE MORE THAN “JUST!”
And…the “MORE” that we are in this life is not confined to our beauty, our accomplishments, the amount of money we make, the number of friends that we have or our position in life.
Our “MORE” reaches far beyond our “JUST.”
I am currently reading a book by Pastor Joel Osteen called The Power of I AM. Throughout his book, Pastor Joel emphasizes the importance and the power of two simple words – I AM.
I encourage you to incorporate the words I AM into your vocabulary remembering who God says that you are.
I AM redeemed and forgiven by the grace of Christ. (Ephesians 1:7)
I AM a new creature in Christ. (2 Cor. 5:17)
I AM a child of God. (Romans 8:16)
I AM a friend of Jesus. (John 15:15)
I AM loved and chosen by God. (1Thess. 1:4)
I AM God’s workmanship created to produce good works. (Ephesians 2:10)
I AM a member of Christ’s body and a partaker of His promise. (Ephesians 3:6)
I AM a branch of the true vine, and a conduit of Christ’s life. (John 15:1, 5)
I AM a citizen of heaven. (Philippians 3:20)
I AM SO MUCH MORE!
WHAT KIND OF “I AM’S” ARE COMING OUT OF YOUR MOUTH?
The next time you are tempted to say, “I am JUST,” replace that one word JUST with WHO God says that you are.
Need some help with changing the words that are coming out of your mouth?
I encourage you to read Joyce Meyer’s book, Change Your Words Change Your Life. Read my review of this book here.
Be sure to stop back by this Friday as I will featuring Pastor Joel Osteen’s book, The Power of I AM.
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