An Excerpt from “The Missing Commandment: Love Yourself”
Dear Jerry and Denise,
I am feeling so affirmed in who I am as a daughter of God. I had a unique moment as I sat in class the day after I got back from my ministry time with you. My professor, so full of life and love, was talking about sharing with his children their significance in the eyes of God. He was describing that they are home-schooled and that they struggle with mathematics. He told the class, “Whenever my children are struggling with a subject in school I say to them tenderly, ‘How many math problems do you have to get right for Jesus to love you?—NONE! You are loved by God and are significant to him, not because of what you do but because you were made by him, and he just loves you just because you are YOU!'”
My eyes filled with tears as my teacher spoke to us. It felt like he was speaking to me as his child. I was able to receive something then that I never experienced with my own father. It was a powerful, powerful moment for me. In that moment, it was almost as if my teacher was a surrogate father and I felt like I was receiving his message when I was 8 years old. For the first time in my life, I felt in my HEART—not just in my head—that I was significant to God. For so long I have KNOWN this truth, but have not FELT this truth.
The Lord is also beginning to undo a pattern of people pleasing and burden bearing in my life. I have begun to understand that I take on the burdens of others—ones that I am not supposed to carry. I know that the Lord has much more to reveal to me in this area, but I feel as if I have been set on the right path. I am excited for the journey ahead as I continue to walk in freedom and to grow in my identity in Christ.
Blessings to you,