“You were only meant, created, commanded to be who you are.” – Shauna Niequist
If you look ahead 10 years, who do you see yourself becoming?
I was talking with someone recently who gave me a picture of the qualities they thought I needed to learn to really be successful in life. It was an eye-opening moment. Their image for my life was far different from the person I really want to become.
I believe we become what we invest our lives in. We become like the people we are around the most. But if our lives simply become a pursuit of something others want for us, we lose the unique, God-given ability we have to really impact the world for His kingdom.
I realized how easy it is to quietly tuck parts of my spirit when they don’t seem to benefit the “needs” immediately in front of me. Things that inspire me or are something that might ultimately even lead someone else closer to Jesus seem like easy things to cut when I’m overwhelmed with a list of things that I feel like I’m expected to be.
“How many of us have learned to look inwardly with courage?” – Oswald Chambers
Sometimes we need to step back and think about the 10-year view of ourselves. And if it’s not who we want to be, then we need to start asking the questions that will help us prune or add the necessary things that we need to change. God has created us uniquely with talents, passions and personality for His glory.
I don’t want to miss my unique part in making God famous because I was too busy trying to fit into this world.
These two devotionals have been really helpful to me as I’ve considered this theme over the last week:
Shauna Niequist: Be Who God Created You to Be
Oswald Chambers: Have you Ever Been Alone With God?
I’d love to hear your journey too. Do you like the 10-year version of yourself? What are you doing to intentionally become who God wants you to be?
Step by Step,