When my daughter, Becky, was very young, she had a close friend with whom she played nearly every day. One day, Becky came to me with a hurt expression, saying her friend had called her selfish.
“Well, are you?” I asked.
My question caught Becky by surprise. Expecting sympathy, she was instead forced to think about her actions. But a moment later, she shook her head.
“No, I don’t think so.”
“I don’t think you are either,” I said, “but I wanted to make sure you know you’re not selfish.” I explained that her friend must be either ignorant or lying. If she was ignorant, Becky needed to act in ways that would show her friend how unselfish she was. But if she was lying, then she was purposely trying to make Becky look and feel bad, and the friendship would need to be re-evaluated.
Our adversary uses every method he can to plant his evil messages in our hearts and minds. Malicious, discouraging, and belittling words come at us through the media, entertainment, the office, and sometimes even our own home. The words can be subtle, like the beauty ads that make us believe we’re lacking in a particular area. Or they can be as obvious and damaging as any knife, cutting straight to our very heart and damaging our soul.
Just because we hear the enemy’s words doesn’t mean we have to listen to them. Like Becky, we need to ask ourselves if there’s any truth to the accusation. If the answer is yes, we must first deal with that. But if the answer is no, we need to recognize it as a lie and reject what it tells us. The enemy is a master at making us feel worthless, unimportant, and incompetent, but everything he says is a lie. In fact, lying is his native language. (John 8:44)
On the other hand, God wants us to know the truth. Take a look at what His word says.
I am God’s treasured possession. (Deuteronomy 7:6)
I am fearfully and wonderfully made, knit together in the womb by God himself. (Psalm 139:13-14)
My name is engraved on the palm of God’s hands. (Isaiah 49:16)
God has lavished His great love on me and called me His child. (1 John 3:1)
God showed His love for me in sending His son Jesus to die for me while I was living in sin. (Romans 5:8)
God chose me and I am holy and blameless in His sight. (Ephesians 1:4)
There is no condemnation for me because I am in Christ. (Romans 8:1)
God’s grace is enough for me because His power is displayed perfectly in my weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:8)
Because I look to the Lord, I am radiant and my face is never covered with shame. (Psalm 34:5)
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About the Book:
Summer camp is no fun for Brady McCaul. The girl with the cute dimples thinks he’s immature and childish. The camp bully targets him with cruel taunts and teasing, and flips Brady’s canoe to keep him from winning the race. But worst of all, his mom won’t let him come home. She doesn’t want him living with her anymore. Brady wonders if even God cares about him.
Can Brady figure out what he did to earn Mom’s rejection and change her mind by week’s end? Or will he have to live with his workaholic dad, the guy who left when Brady was seven?
All seems lost until a surprising secret changes everything.
About the Author:
Mary L. Hamilton is a graduate of two Long Ridge Writers Group courses, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Her articles have been published in Seek, Discipleship Journal, The Christian Reader, Messenger and the previous print version of Today’s Christian Woman, as well as the Katy Times and the Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune newspapers, both in Texas. Her Christmas play titled “Homespun Angel” was performed at the Evangelical Free Church of Naperville, Illinois before being published by Eldridge Publishing in 2000. Mary grew up at a Christian youth camp in southern Wisconsin, much like the setting for her debut middle-grade novel, “Hear No Evil.”