When I was a little girl, I spent most of my time pretending. Any given day, I might be the Bionic Woman, scaling the oh, so tall heights of my swing set and jumping off to chase the bad guys. Or, some days I was Anne of Green Gables, skipping along in the “meadow” to find my kindred spirit, or losing myself in a book. I always loved to imagine that I was in a faraway land, another time period, outer space, you name it. I was such a shy, insecure girl, the idea of being someone else was much more appealing than just being me. As a kid, it works to imagine, so that we learn to create, or that we dream so we understand how to reach for the stars and hit our goals, but as an adult, pretending to be someone else is not doing me, or anyone else any favors. I’ve fallen in the trap so often of believing I must be someone different to be accepted. I must make others believe that I possess talents that I absolutely do NOT have in order to be included. We see everybody doing it. Kids face the pressure every single day to fit in. You must play a sport to sit at the cool kid table, or you must sing to be considered “talented”. The artsy types are labeled “geeks” and the smart kids are “nerds”.
There’s a whole lot of time being spent striving to be someone else rather just being who God created us to be. One of the most detrimental things we can do for ourselves is to live, or lead others, from that place of insecurity. Living in that place of believing we are not good enough to be liked, loved, used or wanted can cripple us from achieving any God-sized dream we’ve set out to achieve. I’ve wasted countless time and energy trying to please others, giving little attention to pleasing the One who made me to be just who I am. The time I’ve spent on believing I had to have it all together in order for God to use me has left a trail of missed opportunities. What if we all just allow God to use us from right where He has us? Embracing that place of vulnerability and admitting, “No, I do not have it all together” or “That’s right, I’m not going to pretend anymore” can, and will, produce so many more opportunities to influence others. There’s a deep desire from us all for authenticity, an authenticity that is not just limited to seeing it in others, but we, ourselves, crave knowing that we can be more authentic and it will be a difference-maker. I don’t know what may be holding you back today from knowing that it really is OK for you to just be you and God will use you. Being on a stage, leading others in a group, having everyone know your name is not where it’s at. It is in the getting our hands dirty, exposing our struggles to others in the real and raw moments that we say, “I absolutely do not have it all together, but I won’t wait until I do for God to use that place in my life to matter”. Where I stand now in my life is no matter the opportunity, whether it be speaking about what He’s doing in my life from stage, or in the intimacy of a one on one conversation, that I speak from a place of “more real, less hiding”. By that, I simply mean that I have to begin to see everyday as another day to live fully in who I am and know that no one is looking for me to have it all together. People are looking for a life that reveals, “Oh, look God has got work to do in her and she’s letting Him do it.” He’s got a whole lotta work to do in me. Pretending otherwise is not going to impact lives, and I don’t want that for my life. I want you to see today that it’s OK to come out of hiding. We like you just the way you are. God uses you just the way you are. That thing you’ve been doing – pretending you have to have it all together – stop it. Start today to just be real and say, “I don’t have it together, but that won’t stop me!” Listen, the struggle we face to just believe that He’ll use someone else will never end, but today believe, He’s not looking for somebody you’re not, but He’s looking right at you. He believes in you. It’s time you believe, too!
You may feel overwhelmed but don’t underestimate what God’s doing through you. God has a history of using limping people to change history. Mark Batterson, “Draw the Circle”