Searching for my true identity is where I’ve been. Examining, one by one, all the labels I’ve claimed ownership to over the years. Taking myself back to the basics – to the very core of who I am- of who God created me to be.
In doing so, I’ve come to realize I have purpose, value, and meaning. Despite my many flaws, my endless insecurities, I matter.
Why? Because I am His. And because I am His, I am loved. Not because of what I’ve accomplished, or the successes I may attain next week or a year from now. I am loved simply because I am a child of the one true God.
That truth has changed my reality. I’m learning it’s alright to rest. To sit and enjoy the gifts around me. To be still, knowing it’s not all up to me.
While I’m thankful to be a part of His great plan, I’m relieved to know my assignments aren’t meant to overwhelm, suffocate, or trap me. They are meant to bring joy, satisfaction, and contentment to my life. Will they be easy? No. But meaningful? Yes.
And guess what else I’m learning? Perfection is not required.
Believe me, I’ve never considered myself perfect, yet I’ve lived as though I should be. Surely you know what I mean … thinking I must have it all together to be a good wife, a good mother, a good anything. Thinking I should be able to handle every little thing that comes my way (and, if I’m being honest, the big things too), all without falling apart.
Ladies, where do we come up with the notion that being the best wife, mother, volunteer, or whatever, means we must be someone besides ourselves? How sad it is that we’re constantly striving to become someone we’re not rather than embracing and enjoying the someone God created us to be.
When we long for the personalities, talents, and callings we see in others, we exhaust, frustrate, and discredit ourselves.
Friends, we must not forget, I was created to be me, and you were created to be you.
All hand-picked and woven together into individual, precious women – you, me, and others who walk this life with us. All of us loved by our Creator, not because of what we do, but because of who we are.
When we grasp that truth, we are better equipped to pursue life as God intended… as women who desire to please Jesus, make a difference in the lives of those around us, and share with others God’s unconditional love.
Carrying it out in our own distinct, creative way.
Perfect, no. But lovely, yes.