One of the qualities of God is that HE NEVER MAKES A MISTAKE. Never.
However, for the longest time in my life, I felt like a total mistake. A misfit. I wondered why God had really made someone like me. I wanted to be so many people, but me. So I spent a large chunk of my life dissatisfied and trying to change myself with no success.
One of my biggest hindrances to moving forward was always opinions of people; I wanted, No. I needed everyone to approve of my dreams, relationships, and decisions before I could take another step, and boy, was I paralyzed half the time. It was painful.And guess what; I blamed people for ‘stopping me’ from moving forward, until I came face to face with the fact that only I was responsible for my life, and I would have to give account for every opportunity lost, investment thrown, relationship un-nurtured…life! I could not continue placing the responsibility for my progress or the lack thereof on others – that was powerless and just wrong.
So I picked myself up and started on the journey of taking responsibility for the life I had; I recognized that I couldn’t undo the choices I made in the past, but I had the power to make a different set of choices moving forward. So I dug in. Literally. It was TOUGH! I was a chronic people pleaser, and a peace maker – it was my responsibility and mission to step on no toes, and make sure EVERYONE was happy, and now I had to find a new mission in life – to live the life God ordained for me…I had to find myself.
I remember the day I realized that God had invested Himself in me in a unique one of a kind way – that I was a steward of His life and gifts, and it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. Not that they please everyone, but that they be found faithful. Now, God defines faithfulness as multiplying what has been entrusted to our care. The responsibility for multiplying what has been placed in your care is only your responsibility. No one can grow on your behalf.
I had spent most of my life comparing myself to others, trying to fit in, despising what I carried, and wishing God had made me like one of my friends; I wanted a new singing voice; then and only then would I record music. I wanted different life experiences – then I would share my story. I wanted a new identity complete with new gifts and abilities – then I would boldly share them with the world…you get the drift.
Maybe you are like the old me; unsatisfied with who you are and what God has entrusted to you. With every kind bone in me, I say with love ‘get over yourself and live!’ I promise you will be free. Be you. Multiply what you have, not what you wish you had, live life without apology. God is waiting on you to be faithful. The world is waiting for you. Only you have the power to set yourself free. So, let’s take small steps together this year, and God will make some GIANT leaps on our behalf. After all, this is the year of extraordinary progress, and we have to grab it by the horns and make progress.
Today, break free from the prison of wishing you were someone else and accept that you are irresistibly incredible just the way God made you and make a commitment to find yourself and be faithful. Let’s go!