Why do we strive to be so aligned with the status quo or even an elite status when we were made to be fiercely unique? The status quo was made by man. Your unique gifts were given by God. If we’re finding our identity in the status we have or the box we’re in, we’re limiting ourselves to what the world says about us. We’re taking away our own freedom. Freedom to unapologetically be who God created us to be.
But comparison steals joy. Do not judge yourself based on a fitness model’s body. Do not be ashamed of staying at a Holiday Inn because a travel blogger is at the Ritz. God created you, perfectly and uniquely as you are. Comparing ourselves to people we see on social media steals our joy. We need to constantly and intentionally choose to rid ourselves of the comparison goggles and choose to be content and find joy and beauty in our own lives.
There’s only one number one spot in your life. Once I stepped back and took some space, I realized, I was not giving that number one spot to God. Ask yourself: who’s in the number one spot in your life?
Often times we view forgiveness as a daunting task and associate many negatives emotions with it. Although forgiveness may not be easy, with Christ, it's possible. Forgiveness is a choice we have to make, and it's important to understand that when we choose to forgive, we are only more equipped to share that experience and offer wisdom to someone else who might be seeking that truth.
I’ve been through a lot of painful things: depression, suicidal thoughts, debilitating insecurity, abuse, rejection, heartbreak, and more grief than anyone my age should ever have to face. Most of my young life, I was rooted in false doctrine: I am inadequate, underserving, unseen, unloved, unworthy, and it will always be this way. Believe me, I know where you have been or may still be…I’ve been there too. I also know I would never have been healed without my faith in Jesus Christ, a little perspective shift from Donald Miller, and the unconditional love of a few good friends.