Today, on the P31 Blog Hop, we're getting real.
Talking about the real "us." The "me's" God's created us to be.
Because, you see, our sense of "me" gets a little lost in the noise of the world. We're bombarded with media messages about how we're "supposed" to look, to act and to feel. We see airbrushed bodies, smiling, well-dressed children rehearsing scripted lines in picture-perfect commercials. And we start to compare. We see our stretch marks. The crumbs on our kids' jackets that we managed to miss in the morning "get them out the door school rush." We realize we'll never measure up to what we see around us.
And we begin to lose sight of who we are in God's eyes.
Special. Unique. Individual.
With weaknesses and shortcomings for sure, but also with incredible strengths and talents.
In chapter 8 of her book, "A Confident Heart," Renee Swope points out:
"The only way you can break free from the comparison trap is to embrace the reason you are who you are. '(You are) God's masterpiece. He has created (you) anew in Christ Jesus, so (you) can do the good things He planned for (you) long ago' (Eph. 2:10 NLT). You can do things the way you do because it is part of your unique, God-shaped purpose."
So, today, I'm celebrating the "real" in me.
The reality is, God created me to be:
- A communicator - I love writing and I love talking.
- Creative - but in my own way. I can't sew like my mom, or make scrapbooks like my sister, or create amazing, Pinterest-worthy crafts like some of my friends, but, I can make DIY costumes, design basic digital art and put together an awesome Powerpoint presentation!
- A stay-at-home spouse and mom - I don't get to "have it all" (by the world's standards) like I initially wanted, but I do get to pour into my husband's and kids' lives through my availability. I appreciate that so much more now than I used to.
- Generous. Oh, how I've attempted to push this quality to back burner of my life in the past decade! I majorly bought into the lie that I needed to look out for myself first and foremost - and give anything I had left. But, that's just not me! I'd rather give. A lot. Particularly to non-profit organizations working in ministry around the world. Luckily, my husband is the same way and we've really grown in this area. We now pick a new Christian organization to support each year and we also contribute to emergency funds for believers as we see them arise.
How about you? What "realities"do you need to get back to? What real qualities did God give you that you've maybe forgotten? I'd love to read about them in the comments!