Be You. (Who are you, anyway?)

identityYou are unique. There’s nobody else like you. You can’t be just like anyone else either, no matter how hard you may try to emulate them. You are you.

You may not like that. You may not feel like you add up to much in the big scheme of things.

Or you may not care. You don’t make a splash, don’t affect anyone, don’t have much to offer, so who cares?

Maybe you think you could have been someone special if “it” hadn’t happened. Or if “they” hadn’t interfered.

Haven’t you ever wanted more? Wondered if you’re missing something? Should-a-would-a-could-a?

What if there is more to living than what you’re experiencing right now? What if you could have a positive impact on someone else’s life? What if it was possible to live fully, abundantly, rather than just makin’ it?

Let me begin by telling you that I believe you are not a mistake. I believe you are important. You may have encountered hard things in your life that are unfair. Maybe made some bad choices. You may feel stuck. You may not be sure where you fit in.

Maybe you want more, but don’t even know what that ‘more’ is….

Maybe you’re in pain and don’t even know how you’re going to move forward.

Please hear me when I say to you that you are loved. You were made specifically. Detailed. The circumstances of your life have contributed to who you are today, but they do not define you. You are not alone. You are desired. You are wanted. You are special (in a good way).

Sure, I probably have not met you, but I am confident in the One that created you, and He doesn’t mess around. He is very personal. Whatever you think you know about Him that is negative has probably been smeared by power-seekers throughout history up to the present time and have given Him a bad rap. Please don’t let awful people determine your perspective of God. That would be sad not only because you’d be missing out on Someone so wonderful, but you’d also be missing out on how wonderful He thinks you are. Let me be clear: He is not a talisman that if you rub the right way and jump 3 times if you’re lucky will do good things for you. He is the living God who wants to do life with you. If you let Him (what a gentleman.) Yes, He is just. He is perfect. But you are not, and He bridged that gap so you wouldn’t have to.

Your life is a story. Yes, yours. Look at it. Process it. What have you learned? Good and bad. What is the truth? Can you see where God has shown up along the way? Not the ogre with the big stick, or the intimidating figure frowning down on you in disappointment – that’s not Him. I mean the One who has spoken words of comfort to you in the midst of difficulty. Shown you beauty in the midst of despair. They may be little things, but He has been there. How do I know this? Because He loves you. Just as much as He loves me.

You, my dear, are a masterpiece. The Artist of your soul longs to partner with you to bring the colors of your life to the best possible light. To sing songs of delight over you, smile at you, sometimes laugh at you because you’re so darn cute, and most of all to walk with you.

My journey started a few years ago when someone had the audacity to say something to me, which I will in turn say to you, and maybe you’re in a place in your life right now where you just need to sit in it and absorb it:

“I don’t think you know how much God gets a kick out of you.”

Sure, you could be right and I’m just a whackadoodle that doesn’t have a hot clue what she’s talking about. But what if I’m right?

I urge you to discover who you are in Him.

Psalm 139:1 – Lord, you have examined me and you know me. 

Acts 17:28 – In Him we live and move and have our being.

C.S. Lewis once surmised that each person is created to see a different facet of God’s beauty — something no one else can see in quite the same way — and then to bless all worshipers through all eternity with an aspect of God they could not otherwise see.” – John Ortberg

Talk to me about some of the obstacles you face when you think about who you are, and your meaning in life.

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