I think sometimes the greatest test we each face as human beings is in deciding which story we are actually going to live.
When God looks at who you are, what do you really believe he sees?
How you answer that question will tell you much about which story you are choosing.
"Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand--shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."(Jesus, from Matthew 5:14-16, The Message)