This is the first in a series of lessons in spirituality and theology. It is primarily Christian based although I will try address issues from a neutral point of view.
The most important thing you can learn about yourself is this: You are a child of God.
So many times, as we talk to ourselves, we describe our imperfections, our weaknesses. But if we recognize that we come from perfection, we soon understand our importance. You are a child of God, created in his image. How can you be anything but perfect in your own way? Sure, you may have things you need to work on such as your weight or being a better steward, but at the core of your soul, you are perfect.
An evaluation of philosophy will find that “What am I?” is the ultimate question followed quickly by “What is my purpose?” It is the question posed by every scientist and philosopher from Aristotle to Einstein and it is the question we try to answer every single day of our lives.
Most of us are many things besides human. We give ourselves purpose in the labeling of our role in our relationships. For example, I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a cousin, a friend, a co-worker, a customer and a neighbor. My behaviour in each of these relationships is different as well. I have a different relationship to my daughter than to my husband. My actions as a co-worker are different than my actions as a customer.
This week, as you think negative thoughts about yourself, replace each negative thought with “I am a child of God”. I also suggest getting a notebook and writing and thinking on this statement. It is a powerful exercise and one that you will not soon forget.