Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Outcast

Do you ever feel like the black sheep of the crowd?  I know I do.  Or maybe the last one picked?  Yep, that's me.  Lots of times I feel like I'm in the wrong place at the wrong time and so I miss out on the opportunity to do something great.   Or I just won't have had the right amount of talent that someone was searching for.  I'll have missed the mark.  Sometimes, I'm totally fine with it.  I don't really want to get picked to perform, or to be the first to demonstrate a soccer drill that I don't really understand.  But then, I'll think about how many cool things I'm missing out on just by staying in my comfort zone, and I'll get offended that I wasn't somebodys first choice.  Which is dumb.  And really complicated.  I know that it's partially my own fault I wasn't chosen, but then I feel like people should be able to see through my timidity to see that, Hey, I'm really a pretty neat person, that actually has a bit of talent!  Let me disappoint you.  
They won't.  
But you know who does?  Jesus.  He sees me as the beautiful, talented, smart, funny, adventurous, witty, and crazy kind of person that I am.  And He loves me for it!  At the end of the day all I should need to know is that Jesus approves of everything I did.  And most days I fail Him, but He's full of second chances.
  
So you know what?  Stop acting, and start living.  Stop seeking the approval of others, and seek Jesus.  Because until you do, you can't truly be happy.  I know how you'll feel.  At the end of the day, you'll be so tired of putting up walls and putting on faces that there's nothing you'll want to do more than sleep.  Or cry.  Normally it's a tie.  
I don't want to be a hypocrite, or just seem like I'm bragging about my best qualities, because, hey, I've got a temper like no other, I can slam doors with the best of them.  Just ask my family.  The beauty of the situation is, we're human.  And like I've said, thankfully, our God is one of second (third, fourth, fifth, sixth, etc.) chances.  
So to end, I'll leave you with a quote from the great mind of Dr. Seuss,
"Today you are You, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is Youer than You."  

Monday, February 3, 2014

Lovely.

Just wanted to take a quick minute to post a couple of verses from my Bible reading this morning that I thought were beautiful.
  
Jude 1:24-25:  24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

This verse just filled me with joy and hope this morning and I hope it does the same for you.