Do you know that it really is possible to courageously be yourself, fulfilling the dreams God puts in your heart? Today is the day to start being true to who you are, to what your stories have taught you, and how your personal journey has moved you forward in your walk of faith. Remember, each person’s walk is different, but we are all made in God’s image to be exactly who He wants us to be, perfect in His eyes.
God wants you to live in the identity He has for you. When you try to be someone other than yourself, someone other than who God created you to be, you end up as less than the best version of “you.” When you are true to your God-given identity, you can more naturally fulfill your purpose. As you free your mind from the competition of the world, focusing instead on your purpose in life and not comparing yourself to others, you open yourself up to letting go, so that your mind can focus on greater things. When I’m comfortable with myself and my relationship with Jesus, I can feel perfect peace in the midst of any of life’s storms.
God is calling us to build the foundation of our life on His Word, instead of comparing ourselves to others. When God’s Word is our foundation, we find the faith and hope to fulfill the dreams He has put in our hearts. Paul tells us in Second Corinthians 10:12, “Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding” (ESV).
We need to learn to live for today, because none of us know what tomorrow may bring. Live each day as a fresh start, a fresh way to make a difference, a fresh chance to be the person you were made to be. When you wake up in the morning, think of how today is your very best day. Look at things with fresh eyes, and focus on the bigger picture that is in front of you. Keep childlike hope, love, and faith alive in your heart every day, for each day is your first and only time to experience what God has for you on this particular day.
Be thankful for the people in your life. See the best in everything around you. Appreciate the here and now. Learn to live in the moment. Open your heart, soul, and mind to learn from yesterday and apply it to today, faithfully believing for a greater tomorrow. And in everything you do, be you.
- Johannah Clark Leach, co-author of Created with Purpose