Remember, I Am A Child Of God

February 26, 2017

The other night after I put my almost two-year-old to bed, I heard her sing the words to a song that my husband and I have sang to her almost every night since she was born. It goes like this:

I am a child of God,

and He has sent me here.

Has given me an earthly home,

with parents kind and dear.

Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,

help me find the way.

Teach me all that I must do,

to live with Him someday.

Though unintelligible to most (gotta love that two-year-old jibberish), I knew exactly what she was saying. It brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat. Beaming with pride, the spirit told me that the first line of that song is the most important thing she’ll ever learn in this life –  “I am a Child of God.” Her little two-year-old soul knows it and believes it with great fervor! So what is it about mortality that makes us sometimes forget who we are? Why do we tend to place our worth upon materialistic or vain things, instead of living like children of God? And most importantly – how can I raise my girls to always know of their own infinite worth?

I’ve thought and prayed and stressed about why we tend to forget our infinite worth so easily. Then it hit me. Distraction.

“The more distractions that surround us, the easier it is to treat casually, then ignore, and then forget our connection with God.” –Donald L. Halstrom

We usually assume distractions are bad things like pornography or drug addiction, but distractions come in all shapes and sizes. The busy soccer mom, the workaholic, the college student cramming for finals, cellphones, Netflix, and my current distraction: a newborn, a two-year-old, and a sometimes-obsessive need to have a clean house and a “perfect” body. Don’t get me wrong, these can all be great things! But if having the latest designer jeans is becoming more important than our relationship with God, then we might have a problem.

One very big distraction is our quest for self worth. Have you ever felt that in order to have worth, you need to find it externally? That may be through the praise of others, followers on Instagram, or how quickly we can get our “pre-pregnancy bodies” back. But none of that is important! What’s truly important is God’s love for us, and how we choose to show our love for him in return. One of the ways we can do that is by remembering Him, and by remembering Him, we are remembering our infinite worth.

I was always taught that the word remember is one of the very most important words in the scriptures, being used over 300 times. Whenever I would leave my house as a child, my mom would say “Remember who you are!” I’d smile and think, “What a weirdo” but she was SO right. Remembering who we are is everything. If I’m ever feeling particularly down on myself, I try and see myself through God’s eyes. And if there’s one thing I know, it’s that God loves me. I love this quote by Thomas S. Monson because it reminds me that my worth is infinite because of God’s love.

“Heavenly Father loves you—each of you. That love never changes. It is not influenced by your appearance, by your possessions, or by the amount of money you have in your bank account. It is not changed by your talents and abilities. It is simply there. It is there for you when you are sad or happy, discouraged or hopeful. God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there.”

We are children of God! We are literal sons and daughters of a Heavenly being who loves us and cares for us deeply. If everyone knew that and had it in the forefront of their minds, I think our world might look a little differently. We’d see each other as brothers and sisters. We’d love more freely and have more compassion for one another. We wouldn’t judge someone based on their appearance or social status. Rather, we’d look on the inside to define worth. And the great thing about that is that on the inside, at our very core, we are all the same. We are children of God with infinite worth.

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  • Reply Robert Stevenson February 26, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks for this post. This is a beautiful reminder of the doctrine underlying our infinite worth and the need to maintain our focus in life. Thank you for bringing up distraction. It’s a good reminder.

    • Reply Ali Miller February 27, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Thanks for reading! I agree with you, it’s good to be reminded about distraction every once in a while.

  • Reply Donann February 26, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    As I was scrolling through instagram tonight, this post caught my attention. I read the first part they had used on the Small Seed account and thought, “Wow! It’s like this was written for me!” Then I saw it was written by you! Thank you so much for those words of wisdom. I really needed them right now.

    • Reply Ali Miller February 27, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Thanks Donann! I definitely felt prompted to write this, mostly because it’s something I struggle with regularly. Hope it helps!

  • Reply Kassi February 27, 2017 at 7:31 am
  • Reply Ashley Ziegler February 27, 2017 at 11:41 am

    I teach nursery and all of our kids LOVE singing I Am A Child of God every single Sunday during singing time. Sometimes, they ask (with every song choice) if we can sing it yet. We save it for last because it is special and helps them to be reverent before the lesson and snack time. One of my favorite songs!

    • Reply Ali Miller February 28, 2017 at 2:41 am

      That is so sweet!! Totally warms my heart. ❤❤

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