OK people, I’ve got a problem… it’s something that really embarrasses me, does not do my education justice, makes me self-conscious when I have to hear myself talk, and is annoying! I say “UM”! It’s my mind’s pause when I’m thinking and instead of it being inside my head…it’s completely audible! I hate it! And recently, I’ve had to face this issue because I’ve been “scoping” which is a new broadcasting app, called Periscope. And after broadcasting scopes, I of course have to watch the replay of myself, and there it is….my pesky little friend, “UM”. I get red-faced and feel like I have to tell people to ignore it. (So please, if you follow me…just ignore it. I’m aware and trying to fix it!:) )
Seeing something so evident that I don’t like about myself is a bummer because if you’re like me, I obsess on it. I understand that saying “UM” isn’t a serious issue or health concern but none the less….it’s something that I don’t like about myself (just one among others). In today’s culture especially, I think we can all relate to feeling like we don’t measure up whether it’s by looks, intelligence, up-bringing, job success, financial success, physical strengths, marriage, friendships, and the list could literally go on for days. Today we are inundated with so much access to other people’s lives that the comparison game is readily available and always ready to be played. But what does Jesus command of us? To LOVE thy neighbor; not to covet what they have or who they are.
And not just that, but people…LOVE YOURSELF!! God made each of us beautifully and perfectly in His image. We all hold the characteristics of our Father. The one who created Heaven and Earth, everything in between and more. His design is perfect, without flaw, and marvelous. Relish in your abilities. Though they may not be the same as your neighbor’s, they are equivalently wonderful. We all have so much to give and share.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” -Ephesians 2:10
Hone in on your gifts, pray about them, and don’t worry if you aren’t totally sure of what they are yet or how to use them. In our walk with Christ we gain more insight into not only who God is, but who we are. Christ is constantly pruning us; slowly but miraculously we begin to shape into people who are more Christ-like. And through being shaped, we change. Seek Christ in all things, even helping you understand where to devote your energy. There is a time for learning, and there is a time for action.
Be encouraged with where you are in life now, and trust me when I say things are not always how they seem. Don’t compare your life to people in your circle or on TV, don’t be distracted by what others seem to have or do, and don’t allow Satan to still your joy. Even if I say “UM” too much, I’m sure that’s not the only thing people hear me say (hopefully!). We are always more critical and see more flaws about ourselves than what others see from the outside. Just let it go, we don’t have time to waste worrying about what’s lacking in our lives because we have SO MUCH MORE to be thankful for! Simply waking up each day should be enough because you have a chance to see the beauty in this world. You have the ability to make someone smile, you have the chance to read The Word, and you get to experience God’s love. What a glorious Savior we serve, and what a gracious life He provides us. Ummmm…we ALL have problems and insecurities but they DON’T define us, and they certainly can’t hold back Christ’s work in our lives.
SO, do me a favor and smile as big as you physically can RIGHT NOW! Hold it for 5 seconds, and then lift your head to Heaven and say “THANK YOU GOD!”
Now go enjoy your day!