The groundhog has spoken. And it’s bad news.
German tradition holds that if a hibernating animal sees its shadow on Feb. 2 — the Christian holiday of Candlemas — winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says spring will come early.
Of all the holidays, is there one more ridiculous than this one? We wait on a groundhog to pop his head out of a hole and tell us whether or not we need to pack up our winter clothes or not.
We allow someone’s perception to determine our reality.
It’s a fatal mistake by many. We let how others view us determine who we are. If someone calls us stupid enough, we start to believe it. If someone makes us feel worthless, we begin to agree with them.
When in reality today, you need to believe God’s perception of you.
You are loved. You are chosen. You are free. You are adopted. You are no longer a sinner but a saint. You are cherished. You are no longer condemned. You are worth fighting for.
You are His. Now let that be the shadow that determines your reality today.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Distinctive Discipleship. He is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. Travis graduated from North Greenville University with a B.A. in Christian Studies and earned his M.Div. and D.Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with his doctoral focus on family discipleship.