Bible Reading: Ephesians 1:3-8
Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. Ephesians 1:4
YOU DON’T HAVE TO wonder why many kids grow up with a warped sense of their worth to God and to others-and a twisted sense of their true identity. Parents, teachers, the media, advertisers, and marketers can pummel into you the idea that your identity depends on how good you look, how well you perform, and how well you succeed. You can know better than that and still have a hard time shaking thoughts that put you down or control how you act.
We’re like the circus elephant whose leg is held to a stake with a bicycle chain. How can a flimsy chain control such a brawny animal? The elephant is locked up by a memory. As a baby, the elephant tried to break loose but wasn’t strong enough. It was burned into the elephant’s brain that the chain was stronger than he was, and he hasn’t forgotten that lesson. Even though the elephant could break the chain with a small yank, he rarely tries. He’s conditioned to captivity. But notice this: If he does break away, he is almost impossible to control again.