Wednesday, May 14, 2014

when you need to know its ok to be yourself

Lots of thoughts and ideas are flowing through my brain to write about but have not yet come together enough to post so here is what I do have to say.

Its ok to be yourself.

In fact, its more than ok.  

For so many years I was so deeply concerned about being accepted by others that I never allowed myself to show through.  I thought I needed to emulate those I wanted to be accepted by.  I tried to match the look, the personality, the way of thinking...guess what?  I was never happy.  My mom can affirm this as she received the fall out in the form of many conversations over the phone (sometimes involving tears).

You know how long it took me to finally realize for myself AND take action on the realization that I'd be much happier if I was just me?  Age 23.  While I am slightly ashamed to share that number, I would be more ashamed if I didn't.  Because you know what?  It doesn't matter when you are finally happy with being yourself - you know the unique creation God made you to be - it matters that you choose to be you.

Let's be clear, this is not a one time choice.  This can prove to be a day-by-day, moment-by-moment, second-by...I think you get the picture...

Anyways, in those moments I feel the pressure to conform and need some clarity I tend to gravitate towards the Bible and Pinterest. 

(Guys, if you don't have a Pinterest account and are a lover of quotes this right here is all the reason you need to get one.)

Here are some of the quotes that came up just from typing 'be yourself'.

While quotes can be inspirational remember the root of the problem must be defined.  When we go seeking to find our identity in others we have lost sight of the fact that our identity is in Christ.  

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

"We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us." 2 Corinthians 5:20

“And to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:24

“You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.”1 Thessalonians 5:5

“Now is we are children, then we are heirs - heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.” Romans 8:17

"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Ephesians 2:10

"I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:14

"In Christ you have been brought to fullness." Colossians 2:10

I hope you walk out the rest of this day confident in the person who you were created to be.  Yes, your a work in progress (Phil. 1:6). We all are.  That is part of the beauty of who you are.  Embrace the fact that you will forever be changing and building upon versions of yourself.  Its a lot more enjoyable than building upon versions of someone else...

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