‘…if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.’ -Jesus, Luke 18:14
How many times have you worked yourself up into a ball of stress and disappointment because you can’t seem to be who you think you should be? Being average makes you feel discontent. You wear yourself out trying to chase down the whisper in the wind. On stagnant days with no wind to stir the air, you wonder if you’ve done something wrong. Faith is easy when the voice is audible. Faith is built when you have to endure the silence.
If you want to be more than who you are, then you have to be yourself. The only sense this makes is that you don’t get to play a role in making yourself into who you think you should be. You’re just supposed to be. This covers those of you who are wearing yourselves out trying to do everything right. This also covers those of you who have messed up so bad, you think you’ve ruined everything.
“Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.” -Matthew 23:11
We’ve already been created into the wonder that we are. We don’t have to try to be who we should be. We’ve been playing that conformity game our whole lives. Trying to fit in so we can be approved and included. We are who we’re supposed to be and we continue to evolve through experiences that teach and mature. Everything counts. All of you is needed. Even your junk. Bring it all and be content. Pretty soon you’ll see your quirks as the source of your beauty and you’ll find who you are in Him, not in who you’ve tried to be.
You are extraordinary. Own it and don’t conform. Be honest about who you are and you’ll find out how much more nourishing that is for others. Beauty is found in scars. Jesus is found in the broken. His strength is in your weakness.