“We will never have the easy, unhesitating love of God that makes obedience to Jesus our natural response unless we are absolutely sure that it is good for us to be us, and to be who we are.” Dallas Willard
This is huge.
So many of us spend so much time trying to be someone, anyone other than ourselves. We’ll even settle for characters on TV. There is so much self-loathing going around these days, church-folk included.
We’re bothered by our flaws (real and imagined). We desperately want to be more popular, more talented, more intelligent, more athletic, better looking, whatever. More like her. More like him. Less like ourselves, right?
It’s as if we don’t agree with Psalm 139:14,
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
I listened to a message the other day by Max Lucado called “You Be You.” He talked about how there has never been anyone like you before, and there will there ever be anyone like you again. You are a unique blend of your personality, experiences, gifting, passion, etc. No one else can do what you do, like you do it. You are a singular gift to the world.
God delights in us the way of loving parent delights in a child. He’s not constantly nagging and critiquing. Instead, he’s actually thrilled by our very existence.
When we don’t believe and receive God’s love for us – when we refuse to see ourselves as he does, as we really are – we can inadvertently block ourselves from obeying him. It’s like we’re too hung up on our insecurities to be of much good.
I know that getting over them is not always easy. I still have my own to fight. But we’re not called to simply roll over and die. Who God says we are is more true than what we think or feel we are.
So how about you? What do you get hung up on? And how might that be hindering your walk with the Lord?