Who Are You?
“Who am I?” Have you ever asked yourself that question and pondered on it for a while? Do you really know who you are? Many people, young and old, are singing the famous song by Sinach – ‘I Know Who I Am!’ But I often wondered if they actually believe the words they are singing.
The song states in part: ‘We are the chosen generation called forth to show His excellence. All I require for life God has given me – I know who I am…’
However, when you look at the present state of the Church and the society, it is evident that the majority of people do not know who they really are and who they represent.
Sociologists consider this generation of young people from ages twenty-eight and under or those children born after 1980 to be the millennial generation.
These children were born in the era of cyber technology. It is no wonder then that their generation tends to socialize with their friends mostly on the internet playing video and online games, texting and socializing on the many social networks.
Consequently, the millennials are experiencing more problems than my generation. In addition to the usual problems of peer pressure, teenage pregnancy and family issues at home, they are also faced with new issues that are associated with the internet such as cyber bullying, internet and video game addiction.
They are also faced with behavioral issues and poor health due to lack of exercises. They tend to spend more time on the computer than outdoor activities.
The millennials are also influenced by the television pop stars and supermodels and may try to measure up to their lifestyle.
Many of the young people who are affected by these problems have a low self-esteem.
How can we help the youths?
Parents may not be able to change the contents of the social media, but they can control and limit the things that their children watch on television and the type of games that they play on the internet; and also the social network and group chats that they join.
Parents can also help to build their children’s self-image by teaching them to love and accept themselves for who they are and not comparing themselves to others.
The millennial generation needs to know their status in life and who God created them to be.
The Lord God molded and formed humans from the dust of the earth. Then He breathed into the nostrils of humans His spirit which gave us life (Genesis 2).
God created each of us unique and special, and this is how He regards us – an extraordinary outstanding person who is unique and distinctive. Therefore, this is how you should see yourself – an exceptional skillful product of God – A Workmanship
I AM GOD’S WORKMANSHIP
I am a visual and spiritual representation of God.
I look like God! I am like God!
I was created in His image and likeness.
God created Himself within me.
He had chosen me before He laid the foundation of the world.
He chose me because He loves me;
And He adores me because I am special.
God selected and made me to be holy, wonderful and successful.
I am fearfully and wonderfully made!
Marvelous are His works!
I am God’s workmanship!
Prepared by: Beverley Wright (October 13, 2013)
References: Genesis 1, 2; Ephesians 1:4; 2:10; Isaiah 51:16; Psalms 139; Zuiinstitute.com
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