For most of my adult life, I have identified as English. Yet, after an 18-month journey with God, I can finally say, with confidence, that I am “Cornish” (you’re probably like “Cornish…who?”)
If you have read my book (Life’s Greatest Battles) then there are glimpses of my past throughout it’s pages, and although I now know my identity as a child of God, I had unknowingly developed unforgiveness (again) towards my Dad because of an affair he had around two-years ago
No big deal, right? But, I realised that I didn’t want to be associated with the Cornish because of my father. I even went to the extremes of having my DNA tested, as I tried to “prove” that I wasn’t Cornish after all! (Yet, I am 60% Cornish | 30% English | 10% Norwegian – so basically Celtic)
God challenged me in a message, one Sunday, that I needed to identify with where He had placed me and not to run away from who I truly was.
I broke down because, honestly, I had no idea what the Cornish culture looked like. The native tongue had been lost generations ago, and the Cornish “traditions” were foreign to me. And so, I have been unpacking my “culture” and learning to accept who I truly am since then.
This is why I love the Gospel of John because John wrote every chapter on a particular point of who Christ is, but he also traces Jesus’ ancestry back to the Father, and that is what God showed me from this…
No matter who were are, ultimately, our ancestry goes back to being sons and daughters of God.
My experience of being in a Cornish home was not that great (for many reasons) but the one thing I hated most (growing up) was being “compared”. God has literally unpacked this “root” that lay within the very depths of my soul because my fear of comparison ultimately resulted in my lifetime battle of “rejection”.
Friends, it is essential to let go of our thoughts and feelings that don’t identify with who God says we truly are.
Therefore, I want to remind each of us today, that our Dad created us to be beautifully unique, and therefore, there is no such thing as comparison to Him because there are no one else in the world, like me, or you
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.”Psalm 139:13