Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Free To Be Me~


Free to be me, whoever "me" might turn out to be.

This was always the deepest desire of my heart. From the sidelines of life, I stood watching the rest of the world march to the beat of its own drum while aimlessly stumbling around in the dark to hear the beat of my own heart.

Everyone else seemed to have it all together. Everyone seemed so confident in who they were, in what they were doing, in living their life. Nothing in my life felt normal. Being me felt strangely out of place.

My search has been a long, lonely, and often, frustrating journey. It's not easy lugging around heavy suitcases filled with insecurity, self-doubt, fear and a whole lot of other "unmentionables", day in and day out.

My search for me has led me on many goose chases, too. After all, I was looking for me. Me was searching for I. Talk about spinning in circles and getting nowhere.

But then, God stepped in.

From a prayer spoken in my heart, God started leading me on a path of discovery. As I searched for God, little by little, I began to see glimpses of the real me.

I began to see myself through the eyes and heart of my Creator.

I began to realize the emotions I feel, along with my personality, my talents, all five feet nine inches of me, was intentionally, meticulously, lovingly crafted by God.

And, in His eyes, it is good.

I am good. Not good in myself, mind you, but good in the undeniable truth that God does ALL things well!

Any accomplishment I achieve, any award I win, any head I might turn, has nothing to do with me and everything to do with my Heavenly Father. It is He who has created me and it is He who is at work through me.

I can't be boastful about who I am.

Any "peculiarity" I have, any idiosyncrasy I have, any distinction I may have, has nothing to do with me and everything to do with my Heavenly Father. It is He who has created me and it is He who has made me who I am.

I can't be embarrassed about who I am.

I can simply be who I am.

The balance for my life is found in Christ. The answer to who I am is found in Christ. The answer to why I was created is found in Christ.

God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing. Ephesians 2:10, NCV

For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. Ephesians 2:10, The Amplified Bible

I'm no longer concerned about fitting in or joining the human band. While others continue marching to the beat of their own drum, I have found the harmony of my life in Christ.

As long as I am marching to the beat of God's heart, I know who I am.

I am free.

Free to be me.

Free to be who God created ME to be.

What could be more freeing than that?

And, guess what?

It IS good.

Who I am, in and through Christ, is good - very good, indeed~

In the spirit of the 4th of July, I am re-posting one of my most popular posts.  I am so thankful for the freedom we have in America.  Even more so, I am thankful for the freedom we have in and through Christ Jesus, our Lord.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
~ John 8:36

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1 comment:

  1. Stacy, as I read this I am in the midst of working on a special mother/daughter event that deals with this very topic. In our materialistic self-obsessed society it is so easy to feel not good enough. We, especially women, try to achieve results in our lives that aren't even realistically possible. We can't look like pictures of models who are digitally created, we can't be the June Cleaver who never really existed, we can't be the Martha Stewart who created her own image. We have to be who God calls US to be.

    Great work!! And what an important message! May I use this in our women's event?


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