Growing up I was insecure and vulnerable to comparison. I look back at high school and cringe. Boyfriends, body issues and cliques of mean girls made me feel like an outcast. I spent my days worrying about how to fit in. I so desperately wanted to be liked that I became a chameleon and changed colors to blend with any crowd that would accept me. “Fitting in” in high school meant that I had someone to sit with at lunch time and stand beside when everyone else had a partner on the dance floor. Unfortunately that also meant that I forfeited my true self for a sense of belonging.
It wasn’t until I came to know the Lord as a young woman that I realized I had gifts and callings which God had placed in me. Life was not about fitting in, but instead, standing out. I was uniquely created to stand out for the glory of my God. He made me with a purpose. I had something to bring to the community of people God had placed me in. I was a piece to a puzzle that would not be complete without me. You, too, are a piece to the puzzle!
You will strengthen and encourage the women that God has called you to lead if you recognize this and live a determined life because of it.
1 Corinthians 12:18 But in fact, God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be. (NIV)
What are you doing with the gifts God has given you? He’s ready for you to step up and bring them to the table wherever He has placed you. The world doesn’t want or need chameleons, but it is desperate for those who will embrace the calling of God on their lives. No one can fulfill your place in this world.
Woman, it’s time! Don’t blend in to the background. Lead with boldness.
Father, help us to live boldly the lives that You’ve called us to. Show us how we are uniquely created for Your glory. Lead us in the cause and plan You have for us Lord. We love and thank You Father! Amen.