This morning I was reminded of something I heard Bob Goff say at a conference last year. He talked about how Jesus sees us for who we are becoming. Not for who we were, not for who we currently are.
He sees us for who He’s making us to be.
This struck a deep cord with me and has stayed with me since. I love this idea of seeing our friends, our spouses, our kids for who they are becoming. What a gift to be able to speak life into the people we love. What refreshment we can offer to others when we encourage their potential rather than harp on what they lack. It reminds me of a quote I came across by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and help them to become what they are capable of being.”
This stirs a simple, yet, novel twist of perspective: what if we could see ourselves for who we are becoming?
Sometimes it can seem easier to encourage others towards positive transformation. But ourselves? That’s when it can feel like we have to crack stone in order to get to the soft, fertile earth below. Seeing ourselves for all that could possibly bloom from within… This kind of compelling shift in perspective literally makes my eyes well up with tears. To see ourselves so tenderly and graciously is revolutionary, necessary and powerful.
THIS is the exact kind of “practice” I touched on in one of my recent posts. We have the power to practice speaking ourselves into who we are becoming. We have the ability to extend to ourselves the very hand of freedom from negative self-talk and shame.
And all of this is possible because we have a God who set the example long, long ago. We have a God who pours truth into us. We have a God who desires nothing more than for us to experience His freedom.
I love where we see this in the story of Gideon in Judges 6:12, where it says, “When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, ‘The Lord is with you, mighty warrior’.” At that time, Gideon was part of the weakest clan in the area and considered the least in his family. Certainly he did not see himself as a mighty warrior…
But God saw him differently. God saw him for who He was going to become.
Even when Gideon couldn’t even catch a glimpse of it for himself, he had the almighty God who believed it for him…
Over the past month, I’ve been making it a practice to get up early to steal a quiet moment of my own. At first it felt as if I was doing very little, but these moments have quickly become some of the most powerful I have experienced in my life.
Each morning, I slide my feet into my slippers and quietly tip toe my way to my favorite chair in our living room. I wrap myself in our coziest, fur blanket. The house is pitch black, for fear of waking up my light sleepers.
And I sit… with my phone open to my “notes” app, ready to write down what I hear.
I sit in total silence. And I wait…
I wait to hear what the Holy Spirit wants to speak to me.
And do you know what I’ve been hearing?
Beautiful, sacred truths about who I am becoming.
And ever so slowly I can feel the stone cracking, the lies of old being broken apart. And I am starting to see and smell and touch the soft, fertile earth below. And awakening within me is belief. Small, powerful buds of truth are pushing to the surface and beginning to bloom…
And they’re telling me who I am BECOMING.
What is one thing you are believing yourself to become?