Hi wonderful ones. Day three is here :). Let’s share widely and bless many.
You can rise above what others think and say about you, but you will never rise above what you think and say about yourself. – “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7a.
One of the hard facts we have to deal with is on our journey of identity that that no one else holds the power to allow you to be yourself but you.
It’s easier to blame our current state of identity on our environment, circumstances, and the powerful people in our lives, but the truth is, the only power God gives us is SELF CONTROL: The only person you can control on a good day is you.
No human being can control another without their consent. So, if you think someone is controlling you, guess what: you have given them permission to 🙂 . People will have opinions on what you should be like, and there is nothing actually wrong with that. The problem is when their opinions also become your opinion of you.
For the longest time, I thought that if people, especially those whose approval I wanted would just accept me and celebrate me, then it would be ok to be me. In a sense, I gave them the power to give me permission to live as God intended.
It’s not really what others think that matter, but rather, what YOU think of you. It’s not your parent’s words that matter the most: it’s your words over you that hold the most power!
Only you have the power to allow yourself to be you, or to continue acting like another version of you. Period.
You see, we are created in the image of God. When He made us, His expectation and command to us was “Be fruitful and multiply…Have dominion…” (Genesis 1:28)
He has delegated His authority to us to have dominion, be fruitful and multiply. We shouldn’t then delegate it to others as well, by waiting on someone else to sort of give us permission to be fruitful and multiply. We already have permission. Now we must unlock it by actually allowing ourselves to be everything God has called us to be!
Hear me out: GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO BE YOU!
It may be difficult to realize that you are powerful, especially if you have looked at yourself as a victim for so long, but you are! God created you complete, independent of others. You have a mind of your own. You can make decisions. You must choose to see yourself as God sees you, and rise above your current circumstances.
You were created to flourish even in the darkest places, but you must refuse to be a victim. Be a powerful person, and choose to grow, to flourish, to see the blessings in your life, to focus on the good. Then others will value you just as much as you value yourself.
You HOLD THE POWER. Yes You! God has given it to you.
No matter how many people love you, believe in you, encourage you, give you opportunities, you will only rise to the level you give yourself permission to rise. Only you have the power to permit yourself to rise. You must see yourself rising.
I had to meet myself (and I am still on that journey), and I had to like myself. Then and only then did I start to flourish. I didn’t have to work as hard at being me as I had worked at being what I thought people would like. And when I was myself, people gravitated more toward me, and also felt free to be themselves.
But I had to take the authority away from others, and give it back to myself. I had to hold myself responsible for my choices, and the quality of life I led. Once that happened, I started to flourish, and I had a renewed sense of freedom.
You are powerful! You are NOT a victim! Arise. Break free from the chains of powerlessness today.
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See you tomorrow for the next post in this series… #Excited! 🙂