Ashley. Yep, that’s my name. Along with about a million other girls, and even a guy or two.

I used to hate my name. It’s a lovely name, but it made me feel…one in a million. And not in a good way.

I can’t tell you how many Ashleys I know or have come across. There were so many other ones growing up, that I didn’t even respond when someone called unless I recognized the voice. Yeah.

Really, I’ve felt like that – one in a million – in one way or another all my life.

Boring. Mundane. Not quite good enough.

Have you ever felt that way? If so, you’re in the right place. Keep reading.

I’ve learned a lot about identity in the last few years. More than in a head kind of way. I’ve learned in a heart kind of way that I’m not a ‘one in a million’ person. None of us is.

Luke 12:6-7 says God sees and cares when a sparrow falls.

Not a sparrow falls that the Father doesn't see. Luke 12:6-7 | HISsparrowBlog

Now the sparrow is small, chunky, drab-looking, and usually only lives about 5 years. But God cares for it, and His eye is on each one – what many of us would consider the least.

Just think how much He loves us if He cares that much for the tiny sparrow. Let me tell you: a lot.

And here’s what else I’ve learned:

  • When we feel plain like the sparrow, God says we’re His works of art.
  • When we feel tiny and insignificant like the sparrow, God says we meant enough that He sent His beautiful, precious Son to die for our place with Him forever.
  • When we feel unloved like the sparrow, God says He looks forward to our wonder when we walk with Him on the other side.

I don’t mind my name so much anymore, because when Jesus calls me, I know I’m anything but one in a million.

And one day He’ll tell me what my name is, the one only He knows.

To the one who overcomes... I'll give a white stone with a new name written on it that no one else knows. Revelation 2:17 | HISsparrowBlog

God will give you a special name too if you’ve accepted Jesus as your Savior. If you haven’t, God’s arms are open. I urge you to read my page Weary Sparrow.

I’m so glad you’re here. I look forward to exploring identity through grace with you and learning how we can be a blessing to others.

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