How do you normally introduce yourself? I know that sounds weird but think about it for a second.

Most times I say "Hi, I'm Maddie" and cut it off there. Other times I try to smile really big and then right away I am thinking of another question to ask so the conversation doesn't get awkward.

Go a bit deeper with me [promise I am going somewhere with this]. If you had to write a short bio of yourself what would it include? What would you say? How would you define yourself? Would you focus on outward accomplishments, family connections, education?

When reading the bible the authors often introduce themselves. Many times I skip over the first verse but they have so much importance. Look with me at a few of these introductions.

For example

Romans 1:1 
"Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God"

1 Corinthians 1:1
"Paul, called as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother"

James 1:1 
"James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ"

1 Peter 1:1
"Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen"

Revelation 1:1
"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John"

I am challenged today to think about what I would say in my bio. If I am truthful, honest and raw this is probably what I would say most days:

"I'm Maddie, I'm not good enough, not pretty enough and feel like I let down God on so many levels each day. I strive to be good wife but I really don't like cooking or cleaning and this thought of being a good housewife and helpmate often makes me feel like a failure. I don't have a set out career, I only got an arts degree and I have no idea where my next season will be. I have all these crazy dreams and have no idea how they practically look or will play out. I'm terrified I'm going to be a bad mom and let God down if I can't model Christ properly to our baby boy. I can't really go on fancy vacations or travel, or buy nice clothes because we just don't make that kind of money and I worry about our finances. I worry about the money. Most days I can introduce myself as "Maddie, the worrier." & I know that is not of Christ, so then I feel bad that I can't get over these worries. 

I know if I really introduced myself like that the person probably would be extremely awkward and walk away, but it is scary how often I walk around thinking and believing this bio without ever saying it. I think it, I feel it and walk in it but dare not to say it aloud.

But how sad is that?

Jesus died for me to introduce myself as His. Chosen. Stunning. Valuable. A bond-servant. Set-apart.

and yet I am cheapening the gospel when I introduce myself as any other way, whether I verbalize it or not. 

I am taking baby steps. Reflecting on the above passages I want to practice speaking these introductions over my life in Jesus name. This week I am waking up introducing myself as "Maddie, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, chosen, redeemed and ready to do God's will."

You are worth so much. Jesus died for you to be set-apart and deeply loved. Jesus adores you and calls you His child if you follow Him and turn from your sin. He offers freedom to our weary souls. He gives us purpose and eternal life.

I often wonder for myself: what if I truly lived in the freedom Jesus  already died for? What would that look it? How different could I be for God's glory? It encourages me so much to work to that, not in my strength but in God's.  To speak life over who I am, not doubt. Then my mind wanders to what if we as Christ's kids would all live in that freedom? How would my local church look? How would Elmira look?

It excites me and I long for all of us, to introduce ourselves as loved, valued and have extreme purpose.

I'm going to work towards living out my introduction, my bio. I hope you are too:)


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