As I have previously written, I am currently in a 28 day intensive yoga teacher training tin Costa Rica. Which leads to a lot of time spent in meditation, reflection, laying hot and sweaty on a mat thinking….. mind wandering (which I seem to be very good at).
I have come to realize over the last year that so much of our identity and value is defined by the titles we have been given in our culture….. for example: I am a daughter, I am mother, I am homeowner, I am parent, I am teacher, I am a business executive, I am a yoga teacher, I am a stay at home parent, I am a professional athlete, I am married, I am single, I am a diabetic, I am divorced, I am sick, I am paraplegic, I am writer, I am a student, I am a teenager, I am a grandparent…….. or recently realized how much people proclaim, I am an American, I am a Southerner, I am a Texan, I am a conservative, I am a liberal
What I found most profound is that this identification and unofficial caste system we have applied to one another is something man has done to one another. No place in the bible do we see that the scripture reads that we are worthy of value because of what we do, our marital status or our job title…….
I have realized for the very first time that I am loved and admired simply because I am.
You and I are called worthy of respect for simply being.
You and I matter regardless of what we do today or tomorrow.
You and I are valued no matter of the choices we make today and the choices we make tomorrow.
You are worthy because you are a child of the most high King. A God that loves everyone equal.
Nothing you do or nothing you don’t do, can change the truth that you have been gifted that.
He is good so therefore we as his children are good and worthy of all the respect and love.
Perhaps this is resonating with me right now because I am learning to love myself right where I am at. In the midst of the transition, the time of being title less …… you could say I am jobless, I am single, I am a traveler yet I have to ask myself what does any of that mean?
I want to put those to the side and just say that I am. And That, I am is good. Just where I am.
So on this Monday morning I hope that you know you are worthy of value for being present in the now, not because of something you accomplished yesterday or the plans you hope for in the future.
What a beautifully freeing thing. You are loved simply becuase you are you.