Embracing Who You Are
I heard someone say once that if you don’t figure out your identity in your 20s, you are likely to have a midlife crisis in your 50s. This makes complete sense to me. We are made to know who we are. I have also heard that French women are known for accepting who they are, embracing it, and working to grow into it. They don’t strive to be like someone else—they want to be themselves--fully.
I think French women are on to something.
When God wove us together out of dust and love, it was personal and intimate. God did not speak me into existence like He did the sun and the moon, the plants and the animals. He formed me, molding me with His hands, and He breathed His breath of life into me. He knit me together in my mother’s womb.
He knows me by name, and He knows every hair on my head. I am not spoken into being. I am created. I am art. I am the artwork of God.
Our bents, our personalities and our skillsets are not accidents. God put them into us for His glory and purposes. Not accepting how God made us would be denying His glory.
When we are fully ourselves, He is fully glorified.
This is why it is so important to accept who you are, to push out voices of opposition and to walk freely and confidently in God. We do not love ourselves as much as we love how God lovingly, personally created us.
I love who I am because I was made with love—and I want to be fully me so that my God can be fully glorified.
Get used to who you are.
There is so much freedom in stretching into yourself, being comfortable in who you are and how God made you. It’s not only freeing, but it’s really just lovely to settle into the you God made you to be.
Don’t try to be somebody else—that’s no fun at all! Plus, it’s one of the fastest ways to dislike your life. Accept who you are. If you don’t know who you are, start figuring it out. Consider it an adventure! Have fun with it. Explore!
So who are you? What is your heart yearning for? How does that yearning bring light to your world?
Your DNA was not meant to be hidden. Just like the unique blue hue of your eyes or the red tint in your hair that all can see, your light is not meant to be hidden.
You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. (Matthew 5:14–16, New Living Translation)
Sarah Mae, listed as one of Christian Broadcasting Network's "Six Women Leaders to Follow on Twitter," is an influential Christian blogger, conference cohost and coauthor with Sally Clarkson of the bestselling book, Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe. Along with her husband and their three children, she makes her home in the beautiful Amish countryside of Pennsylvania, where she often ponders what life would be like if she actually finished all the laundry. You can find her at sarahmae.com.