Imagine that someone was trying to steal your inheritance by keeping you from claiming your rights as a son or daughter of royalty. Imagine that the strategy was to get you to doubt that you really had royal blood at all.
Satan is trying to steal your joy and persuade you to doubt your legal identity. Don’t let him. Through your adoption papers (i.e., baptismal certificate) God is named as your Father. St. Peter called you no less than God’s chosen people, God’s royal priests.
Your royal identity ironically explains why your life is so hard sometimes. “The LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in” (Proverbs 3:12). What a comfort it is to know that our loving Father has an eye on our hardships to make sure that we are not overwhelmed. What a comfort it is to know that none of our suffering is in vain—he will make every bit of it work for our good in one way or another. What a relief it is to know that he guarantees a happy ending and that only the middle chapters are hard.
My Father in heaven delights in me! Seriously!