Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)

“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
Genesis 1: 27 (NLT)

Ever been there? Facing whatever is before you.

Yet feeling on occasion a little less.

Expecting a little less in the moment.

And perhaps even being willing to settle for less than you might deserve.

I was about to do it again, myself, the other day.

Valuing myself, and my abilities, resources and potential—less than God saw and valued them.

Maybe it was in a personal or professional circumstance you faced.

Perhaps it’s a lengthy period we’re in the middle of where we don’t feel worthy, struggling to believe differently, to break free and move on.

Whatever it is, so often our approach to the moment and the decision before us—as we try to step into the next day or deal with the challenge before us—is viewed from the standpoint of the past, of where we came from, and who we were back then, or who we were told we were.

All while carrying the baggage of the missteps, mistakes and wrong decisions, as well as the remembrance and sting of words thrown at us—all taking value from who we are, and how we should see ourselves.

And so, forgetting God’s grace and forgiveness which is always there to move us from what was, to what can be—we end up expecting less of ourselves, and for ourselves.

And too often we settle for less.

We devalue our own view of the person God sees, the person whom God created, and all that He wants for us, and all He expects and calls us to do with Him in the world.

The person God created in His own image.

We’ve all been there at times.

We may be there now, or will be again.

Dealing with the present and the things yet to come in the future, as we did before, from the viewpoint of who we were before—rather than dealing with them by seeing and embracing the potential of all we can be, and were created to be.

Willing to accept what was, as what is, and what will be.

While forgetting who we are—created in God’s image.

Created to be all He intends for us to be by the God who calls out to us as He called out to Isaiah—

“Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And Isaiah’s response, from a place knowing God had created and called him to be His hands and feet to all the world, responds, as we should—

“Here am I. Send me!”

Ready to go and share God’s light and love to all the world. Seeing ourselves created in His image, and as His hands, feet, heart and light for all the world.

Remembering as He smiles down upon us, and restores us to wholeness and a fresh start with His grace, that we are not bound by our past, or what others have said about us which would hold us back.

God calls us to be all who He created us to be—to go with Him and for Him into all the world.

Remembering as we go, that we are a child of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, created in His image.

Embrace that value for your life.

It’s how God sees us, and created us to be.

In His Name–Scott