Identity

“If you are silent about your beliefs because you are worried someone will be offended, then your beliefs are not that important to you, but rather what people think about you is. What people see about you will speak more loudly than how people feel about you, because in the end, when we stand up for what is right and true, we will have many who hate us or love us, but all will know what we are fighting for.” {T. B. LaBerge}


More often than not I catch myself so concerned with fitting in – and hear me when I say it is tiring.

I’m definitely not part of the cool/trendy/hip/graceful crowd. I’m oblivious to popular dance moves. I’m confused by my generation’s slang. While my friends take singing lessons/act in plays/do cool things, I’m over here running into doorways, people, truck doors, small animals, you name it. My level of clumsiness is equal to that of a two-year-old’s… and I’ve tripped over a couple of those too. (For the record, none have suffered injury. But yes, I’ve actually tripped over a toddler before. It happens.)

But while I’m physically unable to do “cool things”, such as dance, I’m okay with that. This is who I am, the way I was created – messy, clumsy, different. That’s alright with me.

However, there’s a more serious side to this. Fitting into the world can be dangerous. Like when you take on a personality contrary to the real you. So many try to achieve perfection on the outside, trying to look the part of the world. We put on a mask and gain the praise of the world – at the expense of a neglected soul. Sister, if this is you, listen to me. You were made for so much more. You were created to be different.

God placed in you a personality that is unique and undoubtedly beautiful. Please don’t hide it.

 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. {Matthew 5:16}

 

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. {John 15:18-19}

 

But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. {1 Peter 3:14}

I’ve struggled with this topic for a while now. But this morning as I was mulling over all of this, trying to navigate through a cloud of bewildered thoughts, He spoke.

“In due time, they will see your beauty.”

Dear, the objective is to live fully, completely, entirely for Christ and let that light shine upon all men. If you don’t fit into a certain crowd, that’s okay. Never change your identity in Christ to be accepted.

“I just want to live my life for Jesus and let people take whatever they want from that.” {I’m Not Ashamed, 2016}

Sisters, live in the wholesome truth that you are loved, accepted, and chosen by the King above all Kings – and in due time, people will see your true beauty. There is joy found in being your true, real self.

With much love,

Jessi

4 thoughts on “Identity

  1. This is such a good post. I struggle a lot with identity and with fear of what people think, so this was really convicting and relatable. Thanks for posting!
    ❤ Maddie

    P.S. Your blog is one of my favorites… your writing is so beautiful and encouraging to me, so I nominated you for the Liebster Award. 🙂 I don't really know how many people ACTUALLY do this so you can do whatever you want with that.

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