Day 15 – Where is our Home Base?
Coming to his senses he thought, "How many of my father's hired workers have more than enough food to eat, but here am I, dying from hunger."
We have received from God countless gifts like our talents, time, and treasures. But instead of using them the way they are intended for, we have "squandered" our inheritance on selfish motives and interests. Without the source of all graces and providence on our side, every resource we have and every satisfaction dry up quickly, evaporating into nothingness, leaving us empty.
This emptiness and brokenness within us should eventually lead us to realize that our God is the only one we can turn to for healing and fulfilment. If we persist in digging deeper, we will begin to realize that we are made by and for God. Therefore, we are meant to be in a relationship with Him, which means we need to mend that broken relationship.
Either purposely or unintentionally, we are in search of our own identity — which we might loosely define as “who I am in the eyes of those around me”, or “how I define and differentiate myself”, or “how I should look and behave in front of others”.
If I base my identity on how I would like others to perceive me, I lose sight of my true identity in God"s eyes.
The only way we can find our true self is when we base our identity on our relationship with God, that we are our Heavenly Father's beloved sons and daughters. It assures us that our identity will never be changed or shaken — we are loved no matter what.
When that magic moment finally comes, our eyes will be open and we will realize that we are in our distant country. We will be surprised how far away we have been from the Father's House in a spiritual sense. The awareness of our true identity as children of God further awakens our senses that the one who loves us most is waiting for us to return to Him.
What is your anchor in life?
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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I have heard a saying that I would rather you hate a true me than love a false me. I want others to perceive me as a loving person, a devoted Catholic. However, if this is not coming out of love for our Heavenly Father, I would find myself easily burned out in pretending to be one. Even if I can deceive the whole world and even myself, I cannot deceive God. God made everyone unique with our different talents and I pray that I have the wisdom to fully utilize those in glorifying God.
I perceive myself, is not affected by what others see me nor how the world defines me.
My anchor in life is Jesus. He is my true anchor in my life.