We hope you guys have enjoyed the past two devotionals as much as we’ve enjoyed writing them! We know the topic of God and “religion” isn’t the status quo and we’re not blind to the fact that it induces a lot of feelings – from inspired to annoyed to confused. However, like we’ve said since we introduced this new portion of our blog, this is a part of who we are. This isn’t some kind of trend or way for us to look better than other people. It’s how we live our lives and the cornerstone of everything that we do! In that regard, our purpose isn’t to try and alienate you, our friends; our purpose is to share something special with you and if it only resonates with one person, then that’s pretty awesome!
So, without further ado, this week’s topic is about being yourself and staying true to what makes you rad! It’s easy to get caught up in this whole facade of keeping up with the Kardashians (no hate, that show is entertaining) where we want our lives to have the appearance of being effortless and great. We tend to hide the shame or the things that make us unique as to not break the status quo and appear “normal.”
But, God doesn’t want us to be the same or act like we have everything together. Instead, we need to be ourselves and be reminded of Psalm 139:14 (NIV):
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
God made us all different, allowing us to have our own unique qualities to share with the world. He doesn’t want us all to think the same way, look the same or act the same. He wants us to be individuals who embrace our story, the good and bad. Of course, we know, it’s easier said than done. There have been many times where we’ve walked into a coffee shop full of people that all dress the same, look the same and well, maybe we look a little different. Does that make us feel comfortable and make us want to go boldly in our differences? If we’re being honest with you, no, not really. It makes us want to blend in to make people accept us, even if that’s not really us. It’s hard when our flesh is telling us that we need to conform to the world and what the world thinks is “cool.”
But, something we should remember is that our identity is found in Him, Christ Jesus. The word says, “Do not conform to the patterns of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then, you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will” (Romans 12:2 NIV).
Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Allow that to sink in for a minute. Instead of being upset that you don’t have the latest iPhone or the newest Nikes, be thankful for what you do have. Instead of trying to figure out ways to fit in with a group of people you think are “way too cool” for you, whether it’s work colleagues, people you admire in church or classmates, remind yourself that you are awesome and that you have a lot to offer – you’re fearfully and wonderfully made! It might sound cheesy, but being yourself is so much easier than constantly trying to be somebody else. It’s downright exhausting to be somebody else! Not to mention, boring. Once when we were waiting in line at a pizza joint, they had all these quotes on the walls and one stuck out at us. It said, “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody’s not thinking” (George Patton). That resonated with us and is one of the fundamental reasons why we wanted to start this weekly portion on our blog!
And we’re firm believers in that the people who love you when you’re truly being yourself are the people that are meant to stay in your life. So, instead of hiding those unique traits and qualities that make us different, we should be unapologetically authentic. Now, that doesn’t mean you can say whatever you want to people and be rude, it just means that we can be who we are. It means we can dance in the middle of a grocery store if our favorite song comes on. It means we can like peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches and smile when people question our sanity. We don’t have to worry about what others think and we can rejoice in the fact that God made each of us special and in His own image.
Once you renew your mind, you will see what God sees in you. You will see yourself through His eyes and amazing things will happen! Being normal or just like everybody else is safe, we get it because we’ve been there, but God sees us leading extraordinary lives and that means that we need to embrace our differences and what sets us apart from everybody else; being safe won’t get us to where we need to be! This week, think about what sets you apart from everyone else and delve into the word to see what God sees in you that maybe you’re struggling to see for yourself!
As always, thanks for reading this week’s Milk & Honey – we want to hear your thoughts, so send us an email, connect with us on social media or comment below! We hope that found some encouragement through this post. We know full well that we struggle with this topic because it’s so hard to “be yourself,” especially in your 20s when it seems like everybody else around you has their life together. But, that’s why we intend for this to be an open and honest community that lifts each other up and celebrates our individuality!
Questions over coffee:
What sets you apart from everyone else?
What is something that you love about yourself?
How do you think God sees you?
Who can you surround yourself with to celebrate your uniqueness in order to lead an extraordinary life?