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Friday, 6 November 2015

Know who you are

After seeing Essena O'neill's exposure to the life she lived on Instagram, it made me realise that there are a lot of people who are faking their way through life to please others. Pretty sad that we have to edit our lives so that we will be accepted, liked and popular. 

Have you ever noticed that if you're ever distracted with what other people are doing it kind of upsets you? If I spend too long scrolling through endless posts on Instagram I find myself wishing so many things. Wishing I had shorter/longer/blonder hair. Wishing I didn't live in such a small town where it only rains. It's the most dangerous distraction of today's society. 

If you don't know who you are- what your purpose is- then everything will seem to upset you. You'll see Instagram posts, social media updates, friends succeeding and find yourself wondering why that's not you. Life is much easier and happier when you stay in your lane, focused on your own journey, and not living to be a people pleaser. 

Ever had the friend who changes their career plan every week according to what everyone else was doing? They'll try everything and then wonder why they're so exhausted being someone they're not. They weren't created to do what other people are doing- they were created with their own assigned journey. 

It's a dangerous place to find yourself in, because, even though you might not realise it, you are being shaped by culture- not shaping it. If it is well in your soul, and you know who you are, then the environment you are in will not change you. 

Being inspired by those around us is great (I always am), but God made you uniquely. He made you to be you, so stop trying to be like everyone else. I used to waste a lot of time wishing I was someone else. I always wished I was confident, wished I lived by the beach, wish I had blonder hair, the list went on. 

"We are Christ's ambassadors; God is making His appeal through us- 2 Corinthians 5:20." If you feel like you're just aimlessly wandering through life, and waiting for God to reveal what it is that you should use your talents for, remember: you are His ambassador. When you put him first everything else falls into alignment, so your role as His ambassador should be taken seriously. When you want him more than anything else, and pursue him with all you are, everything else in your life will be taken care of. You don't have to worry about what other people are doing- God will take care of them. 

Live in such a way that shows people that God makes us with individual plans and purposes. Know who you are, and who God made you to be. We can't all be good at everything, but when we whinge about not doing what the other person is doing, perhaps you should think about what God made you able to do.