You know what is hard? When folks are not what you have known them to be, or what they could be. You know what else is hard? Watching them become something opposite of what you know they have the potential to become. You know what is the most horrible part of all of that? Watching the misery and sadness that they leave in their wake.
It’s been on my heart for quite some time now, years actually, to be present. To be honest. To be real and humble and transparent. I mean… live your best life, ya’ll. Be who you are, and be the best of whatever makes you who you are. Are you silly? Be silly. Are you loving? Love until you can’t possibly love anymore. Are you kind? Be kind to everyone. Are you gentle? Are you humble? Are you intelligent? Are you awkward and weird? Who are you? Are you a leader? Are you an encourager? Are you a life changer? Are you a counselor? Does your heart ache for the good of those who surround you, for those whom you pass on the streets or on your way to and from wherever it is that you go? Who are you? What makes up your identity in the Good Father’s earthly kingdom? Who has He created you to be? BE. THAT. And be UNASHAMED. Be these things to the nth degree. Be these things with your whole heart and mind and soul. The Lord created you this way… then by golly be this way. Do not run from it, embrace it. Friends, if ya’ll are awkward and quirky… you are probably my friend. Because I am right there with you. Are ya’ll encouraging and want nothing but good for those you know and do not know? We are also probably friends… because you have probably lifted me up when I couldn’t see or know whatever “up” you saw or knew.
Why do we work so hard at being who we are not, only to lose who we were meant to be? Created to be? What I struggle with… is remaining strong in who I am when struggles come, when dreams are crushed, and people are mean. BUT HELLO WE ARE ADULTS. WE ARE THE ADULTS NOW…. Lord Jesus in heaven, help this whole world. So I pick myself on the daily and remind myself whose I am, and no matter the hopelessness I see and feel and want to run from, the Lord works all things for the good of those who love Him. CAN I GET AN AMEN?
Why would we not want our friends, our co-workers, our families, to know who God created us to be in the very first moment He thought of you? Ya’ll… HE IS MIGHTY AND HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING. We are the ones who flounder around as lost sheep in this world… we clearly are on top of things and know everything, etc. All. Sarcasm. WE KNOW LITERALLY NOTHING. Compared to the Lord. DO WE EVEN KNOW HOW MANY HAIRS ARE ON OUR HEADS? Didn’t think so. Therefore, we should focus more on being who we are, not trying to figuring out what someone else wants us to be, thinks we should be, etc. AND IF YOU WANT ALL OF THE DOGS IN YOUR HOUSE AND IN YOUR BACKYARD, THEN HAVE ALL OF THE DOGS IN YOUR HOUSE AND IN YOUR BACKYARD. You go right on ahead and live your best life being you, WITH ALL OF YOUR DOGS.
Till next time!