Daily Dose, Aug. 24 — Who Am I?

  Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:26-28) As my children have gotten older, they’ve grown out of certain things. It’s just part of the natural process of growing and maturing. But for me -- and I think for them -- there will always be special things that signify certain stages in their lives. It could be a special place or a certain song. For me, one of those things is a movie. Whenever I watch “Toy Story,” I can’t help but think of when my kids were much younger. One idea that’s so important in the movie is how Woody -- the toy cowboy voiced by Tom Hanks -- belongs to a boy named Andy. One way that you know is that Andy’s name is scrawled on the bottom of Woody’s little toy boot. It’s a statement to the world that Woody is not on his own. It says that Woody is loved and cared for -- that he BELONGS somewhere and he BELONGS to someone! From the earliest pages of the Bible, we are told that as human beings we are marked by our maker. We belong somewhere, and we belong to someone. God has chosen to put his imprint on each of us by creating us in his own image. You could take it a step further and say that he marked us with indelible ink through the blood of Christ -- a naming and claiming that can never be taken away. There are a lot of other messages around each of us that compete, trying to tell us who we are or what we should be. At the end of the day, it might do us all some good to be still and rest in the knowledge that we’re already labeled! The name of God is on our feet…and on our head as a blessing. Who am I? I am someone who belongs to God. Nothing can ever change that. Who are you? -- Rev. Brad Greene