The premise of the book is that God doesn’t love equally (because that would mean His love could be measured, but it is beyond measure), nor does He love us the same (because that would mean His children are “replaceable or interchangeable, and they are not”). Rather, God loves us uniquely. And in order to begin to understand that love, you must first understand who YOU uniquely are. You are “without rival”; you can’t lose. You must see yourself from God’s vantage point.
Here are some more quotes from the book to begin to meditate on:
“Contentment and being truly comfortable in your own skin won’t breed complacency; they will release creativity” (emphasis mine).
“There is a very real battle going on for the strength of your soul. It is time you took your place in this world.”
“Our Father God stands alone without rival, so we shouldn’t be surprised that in His eyes we are daughters without rival, which eliminates every reason that we should ever compete with one another.”
“There is absolutely nothing accidental about you.”
She even mentions the table! “You don’ have to fight for your place at the table or win His love. No one can take you out or replace you . . . you have no rival.”
“Comparison is not inspiration. Comparison is cheating us and this earth of who we truly are. Where is the need for comparison or competition if our value and identity are ultimately tied to our innate uniqueness?” (emphasis mine).(We’ll talk about this more this week on my Table Talk.)
“You actually give others permission to disrespect you when you do not express your true self.”
“You were sincerely sought because you are uniquely loved and are a unique expression of God’s love to others.”
I could go on, but I’m getting dangerously close to just quoting the entire first chapter. Take some time to internalize this message and what it means for your life today. Ask God to begin to reveal to you what your unique design and giftings are, and mull over how that is being stifled or released today.
I’ll leave you with this quote because it so directly ties into what we talked about on Table Talks with Joy #3. Not understanding your true identity not only affects your relationship with God; it affects everyone around you, including your friendships.
What are you reading and learning right now? Comment below so everyone at the table can be encouraged and challenged too. Plus, we all love a good book recommendation.