Seventeen years ago, while sitting in a community of saints, I encountered a life-changing truth that changed my life forever. I was in the beginning stages of healing from a broken heart when I heard the whisper of truth from our guest speaker that evening, Ralph Harris. He shared that Papa has a high opinion of us and approves of ME and YOU. Ralph, would become my good friend and encourager over the years. He is the author of one of my favorite books of all time called God’s Outstanding Opinion of You, formerly known as Better Off Than You Think.
Have YOU ever considered Papa’s opinion of YOU? Does it sound too good to be true? Are YOU better off than YOU think? In a society where approval ratings, preseason rankings, likes, tweets, and followers are the approval benchmarks, I would like YOU to consider what Papa thinks of YOU!
To fully grasp His opinion of each of us, we must start in the beginning. Genesis 1:31 says that God saw all He made; behold, it was very good. Are you willing to believe Papa’s opinion of YOU, that He thinks YOU are very good? Early in my career, I learned from my former boss Johnny Majors, to always have a checklist or a tips and reminders sheet at the beginning of a new season. So, as you prepare for the upcoming season, let me encourage YOU to consider a few daily reminders of what Papa thinks of YOU.
YOU are His Beloved (To Be Loved), His Child (Pleased with YOU), His Friend (He likes YOU), His Workmanship (Created in Christ), Complete (His Fullness), Forgiven (No Condemnation), Qualified (Recognized) and Righteous (Set apart) to name a few?
You no longer have to search for your significance in what YOU do because Papa has already placed His stamp of approval on YOU!
TODAY THE FATHER ASKS SOMETHING OF YOU AND SOMETHING FROM YOU:
1. WOULD YOU ACCEPT YOURSELF AS I HAVE ACCEPTED YOU?
2. WOULD YOU MAKE PEACE WITH YOURSELF AS I HAVE MADE PEACE WITH YOU?
3. WOULD YOU LIKE YOURSELF AS I LIKE YOU?
4. WOULD YOU AGREE WITH MY ASSESSMENT THAT YOU ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE?
5. WOULD YOU REPENT AND CHANGE HOW YOU SEE YOURSELF AND COME INTO ALIGNMENT WITH HOW I SEE YOU?
6. TODAY, I SET YOU FREE FROM SELF-HATRED AND REJECTION.
7. TODAY, I REVISIT YOU WITH MY LOVINGKINDNESS, MERCY, AND GRACE.
8. TODAY, I RESTORE YOUR SOUL.
9. TODAY, I RECONNECT YOU WITH MYSELF; TODAY, I RECONNECT YOU TO YOUR TRUE IDENTITY AS A WELL-LOVED CHILD OF THE GOOD-GOOD FATHER.
10. TODAY, I GIVE YOU A GLIMPSE OF YOUR REFLECTION IN MY EYES.
11. TODAY, I RELEASE YOU FROM YOUR FEARS AS I GROUND YOU IN MY LOVE.
12. FUTURE, I TAKE YOU ONCE AGAIN BY THE HAND AND LEAD YOU INTO YOUR FUTURE.
I’VE GOT THIS!
Written by Pete Scheller