Monday, August 26, 2013

Free to be ME!

Good Monday Morning to you!!  Have you had your breakfast yet?  Very important meal – very important start to your day, so eat up!

I’m so very excited this morning because I get to see my Mom today.  I haven’t seen her for many months, so please forgive me for my over-bubbliness – yay! Yay! Yay!  I get to see Mom today!!!!!!!! 

(Side note here – have you told those in your life today how much you love them or how very special they are to you, or how lost you would feel without them? Today is a good day to do so J)

This morning as I read verse of the day, I thought how very appropriate these verses are for each of us today:
First - It’s Monday – the start of a brand new work week and a brand new chance to show our right stuff – that beautiful, unique, individual stuff that makes us – each one – who we are,

And second – for much of the country, today is the first day back to school!  A new year, a new chance to bring it; to make new friends, get reacquainted with old friends, to be and live out who we are - with all those wonderful, beautiful, individual characteristics and qualities and aptitudes  that work together to make us who we are as a person, and who we were meant to be.

Today is a new day to begin making decisions based on who we are individually as a person, and not on what or who our friends or peers think we should be.  Yes?

Until the last few years or so, I have spent my entire life trying to be like everyone else, trying to fit in, to be stylish, to be pretty, and to be popular.  This has always been extremely important to me.  When I was in jr and sr high, this need led me to do and be some things I am not proud of.  Harmful things, not only to me, but also to my family.  And as an adult it has caused me to waste a lot of time trying to be things I am not.  And trying to “keep up with the Jones’s” – or Kardashian’s - in the world of fashion and beauty is ridiculous!!

So, in reading this Scripture this morning, I am reminded again that yes, it is true that we all have something – a hobby, a career choice, a ministry, etc., that interests us more, or that we take to more easily.  Something that makes us sing inside, you know, feel really good.  Whether it be working with our hands, crunching numbers, cooking, sewing, writing, teaching, coaching, leading, singing, painting, problem solving, counseling, doctoring, hair design, interior design, fashion design, computer design, hardware design, etc – there is something that interests each one of us more than anything else, that comes much more easily to us, and just feels right doing it or being a part of it.  Would you agree?

Think about it - what is that “something” that you really like doing, that “something” which seems to come more easily to you or that you feel more comfortable doing?  That “something” which makes you feel happy or right when you are involved in doing it?**

That “something” is the aptitude created within you, while you were yet unborn, empowering you with the personality and skills to be whomever and whatever you were designed to be. 

Check out this Scripture, it explains it perfectly;
In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. Romans 12:4-5 MSG

Hmmm… this says that we were made to be something specific, with a special meaning and function or purpose all of its own.  That we each are an excellently formed, marvelously functioning part within the whole big picture.  Each one of us!

Wow – that’s pretty cool!
(haha – I can’t bring myself to say, “rad” “sweet” “nice” etc.  “Cool” does it for me!)

This verse says: let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.

Yes!! These are marvelous words to begin our day, our week, our new school year – words that give us permission to be who we were created to be, using our own personalities, without feeling awkward, left out, or weird!  Awesome!!  Don’t you think?

So let’s all go out and do our part – let’s be ourselves – the “ourselves” that God created us to be, putting into good use the excellently formed, marvelously functioning part of life and living that we are supposed to be.  We will feel better being this excellently formed person instead of enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. Or trying to be something the world tells us we should be. 

This is a good reminder for me today as I get ready for the day.  Just be me, don’t try to be like someone else – wear what feels good to me, fix my hair and makeup how I like, smile at everyone I see because that’s who I am! Do the things I enjoy doing, being productive and helping others along the way. 

And write my blog – because that’s one of those “somethings” that makes me feel good!

What makes you feel good?

Love and blessings to you as you enjoying sharing YOU with your world today,

**Ummm…do I need to clarify that I’m not talking bad or illegal things here? I hate to bring that up, but today I need to.

11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside.

1 Corinthians 13:11 Amplified Bible (AMP)

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