Henri Nouwen On Your Identity

Here is a great quote I ran across from writer, speaker, and thinker Henri Nouwen (I think it is from the book “Life of the Beloved”)

“Strong emotions, self-rejection, and even self-hatred justifiably toss you about, but you are free to respond as you will. You are not what others, or even you, think about yourself. You are not what you do. You are not what you have. You are a full member of the human family, having been known before you were conceived and molded in your mother’s womb. In times when you feel bad about yourself, try to choose to remain true to the truth of who you really are. Look in the mirror each day and claim your true identity. Act ahead of your feelings and trust that one day your feelings will match you convictions. Choose now and continue to choose this incredible truth. As a spiritual practice claim and reclaim your primal identity as a beloved daughter or son of a personal Creator.”

— Henri Nouwen

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