Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Why Can't I Just Be Okay with Me?

Lately I've been thinking a lot about me. Is that selfish? I like to think it is honest self reflection in light of what I tell myself I believe . I believe that God created me, uniquely for His perfect purposes and plan. In fact I love seeing the beauty of others and find myself rejoicing in how wonderfully perfect they are, even in our own imperfections. So, tell me why can't I do that in my own life?

I look at other women and I admire their beauty. Perhaps they are creative or earthy or trendy. Maybe they are silly or great homemakers or highly educated. They could be women who are young and carefree or women my age with calm confidence as they play with their children. Why do my thoughts immediately go to how I wish I were more like ____________. You can fill in the blank.

I like to think I am alone in this mindset, but I am pretty sure I'm not. If I truly believe that God knew best when he made me, me - why should I be ashamed of my strengths? Why should I shy away from a compliment? Why do I doubt when my husband sings my praises? The answer is plain and simple. I shouldn't.

Now, this isn't a reason to become egocentric and start believing the world revolves around you or me, because we know that isn't true. But, I want to challenge you - think of one GREAT thing about yourself and leave it in a comment. Don't shy away - do it. In fact, I think you should make a top five (I'm still working on getting up to 10) list of the things that make you wonderful. Stop believing the lie that you are not good enough. You are perfectly you and the world needs what you have to offer. I will start and please if you make a top five list, leave it in the comments so I can come read all about awesome you. Make today the day you begin living and not wishing. Be you!

My Top Five:

1. I have a great smile. "I smile all the time. Smiling is my favorite!"
2. I am a loyal friend
3. I tell my family I love them and they know I do.
4. I have "Snuffy" eyelashes. They are long and straight.
5. I am compassionate

Your turn!