I am complete in Him...
Colossians 2:9,10 And you are complete in Christ, Who is the head over every power and authority.
February 21, 2013
Sitting at Home, Alone
"For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority." Colossians 2:9-10 (NIV 1984)
“They were laughing in their matching neon pink t-shirts with the words "Bethany's Birthday Girls" printed on the front. They were going bowling after school. Then to get pizza. Then a sleep over.
“When Bethany passed out the shirts that morning I pretended to be too busy to notice. I stayed hyper focused on unpacking my book bag into my locker. And then I hurried off to my first class.
“It was clear. Bethany had made a list of her friends and I hadn't been included.
“I thought I would be. We'd gotten together before. I'd invited her to my pool party.
"’No big deal,’ I tried to tell myself all day. I had plans that night too.
“To sit at home. Alone. And wonder why I hadn't been chosen.
“It's been years since I watched those neon pink shirts all pile into a station wagon after school and drive away.
“But it hasn't been years since I've heard the negative inside chatter that ensued afterwards.
"’You're not liked."
"’You weren't invited."
"’You weren't chosen."
“Here's what I wish I could have told my little non-wearing pink t-shirt self back then ... and what I need to remember when those same feelings creep in today ... Don't put the whole of your identity into the smallness of this situation.
Not getting a pink t-shirt that day felt like a defining moment. And maybe it was for that day. I wasn't invited to Bethany's party. And that stunk. But it wasn't a defining moment of my identity.
“It was a moment. And moments shift. People are fickle. People shift.
“In the moment Bethany made the list of who to invite to her party, I wasn't on the top of her mind. Not because she didn't like me, but simply because she hadn't thought about it.
“It was a small situation.
“And I can't put the whole of my identity into the smallness of this situation. Or any other for that matter.
“My pastor used a verse in his sermon recently that echoes these same thoughts, ‘For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ’ (Colossians 2:9-10).
“I have been given fullness. I am filled up by Christ. With acceptance. With love. With all the fullness of an identity that can't be shaken.
“I can place the wholeness of my identity in that reality ... and see everything else as small in comparison.
“Dear Lord, I praise You for Your faithfulness to me in every situation. I don't want to get hung up on the small things of this world. Please help me to place the wholeness of my identity in who You are and the everlasting acceptance that You provide. In Jesus' Name, Amen.”
Fullness. Completion. Nothing else needed. Overflowing with the presence of the indwelling Spirit of God. Nothing more needs to be said. Rest in being “complete IN HIM!”
Sharon Pearce, Director
Silent Voices International
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Chula Vista, CA 91911