PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

8/20/19 PKLC Communiqué

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:10a

God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

When introduced to someone new you not only learn their name and perhaps who their spouse is, but what they do. “This is Marcia and she is a nurse at Mercy hospital; or, this is Eric and he is a mechanic; or, this is David and he’s in eighth grade, he plays the trumpet in band and plays basketball.”

We tend to find our identity in what we do. The down side to this is upon retirement you can lose your identity and self-esteem. Often adults can adjust but what about teenagers? How many of them struggle with self-worth and discovering who they are, where and how they fit in with their peers, family and life in general?  A child that is not athletic, or popular can have serious issues with their identity. For some this identity issue can carry over into adulthood. However, every teenager is wrestling with this issue; who am I and what is my identity? Well the world is telling them and us; who we are, placing labels on us and trying to fit us into a certain group based on performance, intellect, beauty or strength.

What we need to learn and remember is that our identity and value does not come from what we do, how we look or how we perform. Rather, as Christians our worth and identity comes from knowing we are made in the image of God, that God loves us regardless of the worlds standards and that God is ultimately the one who will be there for us. As for children the most important truth they can embrace is that they are a child of God. Everything else we do, be it for a short time or a lifetime only describes us for that period of time, but will never define who we are. We are fearfully and wonderfully made by a loving and compassionate God who is always there for us. This needs to be deeply impressed upon our minds and especially children as the world and their peers try to squeeze them into a different mold. What we do changes, but who we are doesn’t. If you have children or grandchildren this truth needs to be reinforced in their mind so when faced with failure or success it will not define who they are but will be encouraged to know God continues to love them regardless of their performance. After all God is the author of any and all abilities and talents we may have.

Pr. Bob Snitzer

By the Way: Sunday 25, 11:00 Church picnic at the church. Sermon: Through the Eyes of Peter by; Jim Nelson.

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