Because I know who I am, I can connect with others


It’s Monday Grace!


“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”


In other words, if you hurt me or use me or betray me, I will shut myself off from you so that you can’t do that again. If I continue to let you hurt me, it’s my own fault. And, with that, we hide deeper in our cave, wear thicker armor, and walk more quietly through our days. We justify our separation because of the pain we have experienced.

I understand. I am writing this during the Covid-19 scare. In many ways, this is the introvert’s dream. You are not expected to interact with others. Someone on Facebook posted, “Just so you know, I am not getting together with some of you even after this ends.” 😉

But what if the relationships in our lives are not ours to choose or deny? As we follow Jesus, He leads us to people and make connections for us. When you think about the people in your life, other than family, did you make a conscious choice to have them as friends? Or did you “chance” to meet and “chance” to connect for some reason and “chance” to stay connected? What if Jesus had something to do with that?

As you and I learn to rest in Him, we also learn to take life as He brings it to us. Knowing who I am in Him, confident in my relationship with Him, I can welcome others into my life in whatever way He desires.

But what if that person hurts me? It will happen. But I don’t have to feel like I am somehow less, somehow unworthy, if I have followed Jesus into the relationship. Some people reject Him. Some claim to have a good relationship with Him and reject me. But I am not lessened by their choice. Everything I am in Christ, I still am.

You see, my identity in Christ gives me strength and confidence in human relationships. No one can take away from me what Christ has given. No criticism, no betrayal, no abuse can lessen me.

So, trust Jesus. If He leads you to someone, leads you to connect with that person, do it. Trust that Jesus will protect you.

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4 responses to “Because I know who I am, I can connect with others

  1. Excellent post. I thought this morning how His feet were nailed willingly giving up His freedom to give me mine. Thank you for your word to that He leads and guides me because He loves me. God bless you today and always.

  2. Kristi

    Hi. This is a very confusing message for me. Maybe you can help me understand it better sometime.
    And thank you, small words, for saving my life.

  3. Sue

    Dear Pastor Orrison and Friends, being less introverted, that’s the 2nd hardest thing about following Jesus (the 1st is dying to self). Christians are supposed to be people oriented, put themselves out on a (thin) limb for others. Fell out of that tree more than once, and frankly, have no desire to climb back up and sit on another rickety branch. Yeah, it’s a pride thing, and wanting to keep all my bases covered, it’s also a lack of faith thing. Still have to press on.

  4. “…my identity in Christ gives me strength and confidence in human relationships. No one can take away from me what Christ has given. No criticism, no betrayal, no abuse can lessen me.” Amen!

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