Day 17: Dare to Live in the Miracle of Who You Are
How many of us can truly say we are happy and content with who we are? What do you see when you look at yourself in the mirror? Is the reflection staring back at you someone you are proud to be? Speaking for myself, this has been a huge obstacle to overcome. Battling weight problems most of my childhood led to a lot of self-doubt and low confidence levels in many areas of my life. I constantly compared my looks, my spiritual life, to everyone around me. I wish I had realized sooner what I now know to be true. If only I had looked at myself and my life through the eyes of God I would have known that He has given me a unique purpose for my life.
It has been several years now since I started overcoming my weight struggles, and not only was it a journey of reshaping my physical appearance, it became a journey of self-discovery into who I was. I did not realize that beginning that journey would lead to a college major change, which led to a change in college location, which led to another move and my first job since graduating, which has now led me to the present at the most amazing job. Each change that came about, brought its own obstacles to overcome. New people, new places, forcing myself further and further out of my comfort zone. The places I have been, the people I have met along the way, have all played a huge part in shaping my life and who I have become. This journey has taught me to let God take the reins and let Him have control. I am slowly beginning to see my life through His eyes and I know He is watching over and looking out for me each day. There’s been too much evidence these last several years to not believe that truth.
I hope that as you’re reading this and these scriptures to follow, you will be uplifted and encouraged to know God is not finished with you yet. He believes in you and He wants you to have a little more belief in yourself and in Him in your journey of life.
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them-yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”
(1 Corinthians 15:10)
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
(2 Corinthians 5:16-17)
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”