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We often hear the first two and a half stanzas of this poem, whether it's quoted in a movie or on an inspirational poster at school or work.
But have you ever taken the time to read the rest?
When quoted, it usually ends with, "Actually, who are you not to be?" But there's more. So much more.
"You are a child of God...We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone."
Did you catch that? The glory of God is in EVERYONE and you were born to show it off.
Oftentimes, when I'm reading through other blogs (you know - the ones with the perfectly photoshopped pictures and the impressively dressed, unbelievably gorgeous authors) I tend to let my mind wander to "I wish my pictures turned out that well" or "Why can't I eat whatever I want and still have a body like hers?". And when I let myself slide into that mindset of pity and jealousy, I slink further into my shell, afraid to let the world know who I truly am for fear that I might get rejected because I'm not like "those girls."
But you know what? I wasn't made to be her. I was made to be me! And there is no one like me. And the same goes for you! Who ever said we all had to be perfectly manicured and and have impossibly well-behaved children and succeed at all our crafts and make a gourmet meal and have it all together AND work a full-time job?
"As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
God created us to be unique, even "faulty" at times. He knows we enjoy sitting around in ratty pj's until 10 A.M. sometimes. He knows that we added waaaaaay too much flour to those cookies and they were rock hard and inedible, even if the pictures looked flawless. He knows that we feel insecure over silly things.
But he still loves us anyway.
If that doesn't give you courage to be your true you, then I don't know what will.
This week's Happiness Goal:
Embrace who I really am and don't be afraid to show that off to others. In the word's of Dr. Seuss, "Those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." I can do inspiring things when I rid myself of fear of rejection and fill myself with uninhibited confidence.