Finding out who you really are (Satisfied: week 3)
Those women in Uganda, they work with little strips of magazine pages. They take what I would pass along or recycle or leave in a pile and forget about and they slice it even smaller — into something I have no use for.
That is until their trained hands wrap the scraps together and make beads of all colors. Until those tiny bits of papers I might have thrown away are redeemed and made into something beautiful.
And so I send the money and wear the beads and remember: I, too, am redeemed.
The scraps of my selfishness, my pride. The bits I’ve torn up from saying hurtful things. And the edges that are jagged from others pulling and ripping. All redeemed in the hands of the Artist.
If you’re reading Satisfied along with us, redemption is a strong theme in chapter three. I’d like to call out one quote in particular from author Jeff Manion:
“Your identity is not defined by the fiance who broke off the engagement, the company that canned you, the parent who left you, or the spouse who betrayed you. Your most defining moment is not determined by who threw you out but who took you in.”
Manion goes on to write about finding our identity and security in the One who loves us and redeems us, not in new cars, designer labels or stockpiled food. He challenges us not to buy anything for a week — to just enjoy what we already own. Will you do that?
Where do you get your identity? What makes you feel secure?