God has been working in me on something the last couple of weeks.
I have felt more compelled to focus on what I am instead of what I am not.
This is hard for me, because it is so much easier to talk about what I am not.
It's easy for me to point out my weakness and my struggles.
It's almost instinctive.
In prayer God will begin to show me who I am. And just like when someone in person gives me a compliment, I want to deflect it.
Every thing He says I am...I want to counteract it with what I am not.
And I've noticed this trend everywhere.
We all want to say "I'm not perfect"....and in that statement we feel more connected to who is saying it. "oh good well neither am I!, lets be imperfect together"
This is truth. We are imperfect. We are flawed. We are messed up.
Because we are all sinners.
Let's get that out there for good.
No one is perfect.
We know this.
I am a girl who is daily, seeking who she is in Christ,
And as I begin to seek that out...cry out to Him to show me who I am..
It never comes in lists of what I'm not
Instead He speaks back to me, who I am.
I think about it like my own children.
As they get older, I can sense them searching for their own identity.
Their place in this family, their place in this world.
And if they were to come to me and ask me who they are....would I instead tell them everything they arent? Would I want them to come tell me everything they aren't?
In my eyes they are perfect. Fearfully and Wonderfully made.
Each with their own strengths. Each with their own weaknesses.
But do I focus more on the weakness then the strengths?
Of course not.
As a mom I speak back to them who they are.
Asher you are smart. You are capable.
Bella you are beautiful and you are kind.
Mia you are hilariously sweet.
Am I aware of the areas they struggle in? yes, but do I focus on them? do I point them out?
When they come to me with something they created would I point out what they did wrong? Would I point out the mistakes and the imperfections?
Obviously not. I point out the beauty. The creativity.
I hang it somewhere with pride.
say to myself---thats my Bella girls work.
Ins't it Beautiful and perfect?
I feel like God has been telling me the same thing.
Instead of coming to him with every thing I am not, Why not come to Him with everything I am?
Because I'll tell you.....Who I am has a lot more to do with His work in me than who I am not.
Who I am today, is not at all who I was, but everthing to do with where I've been.
And Who I am is more useable than who I am not.
Our life is a walk of struggle. We know that. Life isn't easy and it is not promised to be.
But I just keep thinking....what if we all started to get a little freer in who we are,
Instead of constantly pointing out who we aren't....how imperfect we are,
What if, instead we talked about who we are in Him.
What if, that became the trend?
I feel like God would be even more glorified in that.
Because we are His.
His pieces of art. His workmanship.
Pointing out the flaws....well that discredits His work.
And who are we to critique His work.
I want to get to the place that who I am speaks louder to me and to others, than who I'm not.
That my instinct would not be to deflect but to praise.
Because who I am and who you are, is all Him.
Be confident in it.
Be as quick to speak of who you are, as you are in what you aren't.
And let Him be glorfied in it.
In all of it.
Let Him set you up high,
say to himself....thats my girl.
She's beautiful. She's flawed.