Tuesday, April 7, 2015

For Girls Everywhere: Be You

                Who are you? At the core, where it really matters, who are you? Yes, you are your name, but that is a mere scribble on a piece of paper, just letters put together that sounded nice to whoever named you.


                What I mean is this: what’s your favorite color, your favorite song, your favorite outfit, or your favorite food? What do you like to do to pass the time? Are you musical, sporty, adventurous, or a book lover? Do you sing at the top of your lungs or quietly? Do you sing at all? What is your favorite place?

                From the beginning of time, God knew how He would make you. Psalms 139 says you are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” The very genes that you are made up of were pondered by the Creator Himself. He made you unique; He made you different. Do not think for one moment that you need to be someone else. Your personality, your situations, and your life are perfectly tailored for you (kinda like tailored trends on Twitter). God made you who you are and put you where He put you for a purpose: to give Him the maximum amount of glory possible. How boring would a world full of countless Adams and Eves be? Our diversity show how capable our Maker is.
                I’m not making this up. A few years ago, or even a few months ago, I would have turned myself completely inside out to be desirable to the world. I would have dropped out of school, died my hair, or gotten plastic surgery. I would have changed my favorite color, song, outfit, food, hobby, and anything else to just fit in. But one night last week, I bowed my head and said, “God, what do you want me to do?”

                What I found when I opened up His word to Hebrews was amazing:

                In in chapter 10 and verse 22, I read, “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” By God’s power, I drew near to Him with a sincere heart and held onto the hope that he gave me. I kept reading throughout the week, and in verse 35, I read, “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.”

                In this context, the writer of Hebrews is talking about confidence in Christ. I found that after I drew near to God and held onto the hope He gives, I gained confidence in Him. That confidence oozed into my soul and benefited my tailored personality. And then, God told me, “Do not throw away your confidence.”

                Girls, when we are in Christ, we want to please Him, as I covered in another post. When we want to please Him, it shows in our life. Don’t throw away your confidence in your Maker. Draw near to Him with a sincere and humbled heart. Embrace who you are; not your sin, but your new creation (1 Corinthians 5:17). Do not ever for one moment doubt that how God made you is not good enough. You are His, and that is the most important thing you can ever be.


                Here is my charge to girls everywhere: sing in the shower. Be joyful. Get excited. Don’t wear something to impress someone; wear it because you like it. Don’t change your outside for the sake of others. Don’t do something that you don’t believe is right just because everyone else is doing it. Most importantly, be the same with whoever you’re with. Girls, never doubt God’s love and goodness in your life.  Hold onto the hope you profess through thick and thin. Be who you were made to be: a child of God. 

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