Hello, precious Tribelet of Mini-Women! Yesterday we talked about what to do when things are awkward and at the end I told you I know how hard it is to laugh off embarrassment at this point in your life. Today, HANNAH, our newest Tribelet Elder, is here to help you with that. If you didn’t read yesterday’s post, definitely do that so you’ll know who Hannah is. Although after you read her post, you’ll not only know more of who SHE is, you’ll know more about who YOU are!
Blessings, Nancy Rue
That’s what everybody says.
And for the most part, I agree! Those things that make you different from your friends, from your family – those are the things that you make you special, make you unique, make you YOU.
You don’t need to feel weird if your hobbies and interests aren’t what everyone else is doing. You hate makeup – your friends love it. No worries. You love drawing – no one else in your family can draw. No problem! Believe me – be yourself.
No one is supposed to be exactly the same. How boring would that be?!
But there’s one more piece of the puzzle, one more word of that phrase: “Be yourself”, one secret that the world won’t usually tell you, but I’m gonna let you in on it today.
Be your BEST self.
Got that? The best person you can be – THAT’S what you chase!
See, the advice about being yourself is great, because it makes sure that you realize how unique you are, and that you don’t try to fit yourself into a box that isn’t quite right.
But that advice can also have an ugly side. Here’s how.
Sometimes people use that phrase to be… not so great. Maybe you’ve done it. I know I have. Here’s what I mean:
“I’m not being rude, I’m just being myself. I always tell it like it is.”
“I hate doing chores; I just like lying on the couch all weekend – that’s how I am.”
“I don’t need to try healthy food – I’m a cookies and mac ‘n’ cheese girl!” (To be fair, aren’t we all?!)
Let’s be honest – we’ve all said stuff like that.
But check this out:
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14)
Yeah, we’ve all heard that verse right? But think about it.
You, you reading this right now – you are wonderfully made. The coolest new cell phone, the most delicious looking cake (with buttercream frosting falling off the side!), the best new outfit with the perfect pair of shoes – you’re more wonderfully made than all of them.
Because God made you.
Do you know how valuable that makes you?
Sometimes we use the phrase “Just be yourself” and what we really mean is, “Just be who you are right now. No need to improve – you’re perfect just how you are!”
You ARE perfect when it comes to how God MADE you. But listen to this:
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
That’s Jesus talking. He’s saying that he wants you to have your BEST life. Not your normal life, not your “just the way I am” life. The best!!!
He wants you to be kinder to others (more kind than you thought you could be), more helpful to your parents (more helpful than you thought you could be) and try the healthy food so you can fuel that wonderfully-made self, not just stuff your face.
He doesn’t want you to settle for less than your best. A wonderfully made person doesn’t do that.
If there is something about you that you’ve noticed (or others have mentioned – ouch, isn’t that so tough?) that isn’t so good, just know that Jesus loves you and wants to HELP you change that.
Because He wants you to be more than yourself.
He wants you to be your BEST self.
So my question for you mini-women – what’s one “that’s just how I am” thing that you could maybe stand to work on a little more? If you want to comment on today’s post, tell us. (Remember that this is a safe place. Nobody will put you down)
I’ll go first – mine is sarcasm. I am so good at it. I can fling the best comment right back at someone, and I’ve said before, “That’s just how I am! I’m a sarcastic person, and some of my comments are funny! I’m just funny like that.”
Good try, me. Good try. Can’t wait to hear from the rest of you!
And your Talking To God Journal is a great place to ask God for some help with that “just how I am” thing. Ask, and you’ll receive. Every time.