Gracious Heavenly Father, Please help me see when I’m leaning too heavily on others’ opinions of me. May I truly grasp that my identity does not come from other people, but only through Jesus Christ. I desire to truly understand what this means for me and how I can apply it to my secret anxious thoughts.
18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,
19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,
20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Worth and dignity does not come from other people; it purely comes from Christ!
Lord, sometimes I act like I am an orphan. I become anxious that your plan is not the best for me. I am often jealous when others seem to have a better life.
I am not an orphan.
Christ is in me.
Christ is for me.
I am a child of the King.
You are being glorified in my life. You promise to turn everything that happens to me for my good. I take joy in this life you’ve given me. I have worth and dignity because you, my worthy Savior, love me so! May you, Christ, and you alone receive the praise! My heart rejoices in this!
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28