Ever look at somebody else and think to yourself, “Why can’t I be more like them?”
Maybe you are a little more shy and reserved and ask yourself, “Why can’t I be more outgoing?”
Maybe you have curly hair and wish it was straight.
Or maybe you wish you had somebody else’s life.
You wish your eyes were blue and not brown, you wish you were just a couple inches taller, you wish you were as funny as the girl who you sit next to in math class, you wish you had a different personality.
The enemy loves to attack our minds- loves when we compare ourselves to others-loves when we aren’t happy with what God gave us-loves when we second guess ourselves-loves when we wish we were different.
But the fact is and always will be- “We are who we are and it is what it is.” (Words from Joyce Meyer)
I will never be super outgoing. I am a little more reserved and the enemy has loved to drill it into my mind that being reserved is a bad thing, that I need to be more outgoing, that other people don’t like reserved people. If I could only begin to tell you how much I struggled with this and how much I fought it my whole life. I remember years ago somebody made a comment to me that I was reserved. And it made me so mad and it made me so frustrated with myself that I let somebody see that I was that way. Is there something that you’re trying to hide from other people?
But now I try to embrace it. Now I realize this is who God made me to be. And he didn’t do it for no reason it all, he made me this way for a reason. The enemy still tries to lie to me and tell me I’m not good enough and I need to change, especially when I’m around super outgoing people- and if I’m not careful I let those thoughts get to me, I let those things start bugging me and I become very critical of myself.
I can’t be somebody that God didn’t make me to be. I have to accept myself for who I am and you have to accept yourself for who you are. Quit trying to be somebody else. Quit being critical of yourself. Quit wishing you were different. Quit pushing away who God made you to be. Quit talking negatively about yourself.
This morning I learned something. Last night I was struggling with who I was ~ and I realized I have yet to give myself all to God. Until I put my hands up and surrender it ALL to him, I will keep on struggling at times with myself. Until I say to God, “This is who I am God and it’s the best I can do right now and I trust you to make the changes in me that you want to make. I am going to choose to love myself and like myself and continue to seek you everyday and have faith you will help me to become more like YOU overtime.”, I will keep struggling.
Today I choose to be authentic. I choose to embrace who I am. I choose to love myself.
And I hope you do the same today and leave the rest up to God.
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