We made it. We made it to and from DC and had an incredible trip full of memories that I can’t wait to share with you. As soon as I find my phone.
But my sweet sophomore girls group at church has been making our way through the book of Matthew. Today, we are on chapter 23, and I came across this little gem in the Message version:
“Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you pick yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.” (Matthew 23:11-12)
Someone once told me, “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” Or maybe I read it on a bumper sticker or in a card shop.
Whatever the case, it’s true. It sounds simple… just be yourself. But in reality, it’s very very hard.
I spent the first 20 years of my life trying to figure out who I was. Then I spent another 20 years trying to be someone better than that. Smarter. More well behaved. Someone who didn’t cuss as much and someone refined. Finally, at 40, I realized…I am who and what I am. Nothing more, nothing less. Hopefully over the years I have matured, but I haven’t changed much.
I’m a redneck hick from the sticks. My father was a Marine and I’ve inherited his lack of patience and salty mouth. I’m happiest when I am serving and working like a dog, hands dirty and brow sweating. I’m a mom of many and most days it’s a real challenge mixed in with a ton of joy. There are things about myself that I would love to change but I’m learning that if I can just be content to be MYSELF, then my life will count for plenty.
I hope this encourages you. Sure, we all have areas of our character that we need to work on. But if we only focus on our weaknesses and faults, we quickly become insecure and lose sight of the fact that Jesus loves us and chose us WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS. He is refining us and making us into His masterpiece, and we can be content (not complacent– there is a difference) in who and what we are. We can know that He is using us and our lives, no matter how mundane, simple, repetitive, or overwhelming, to make a difference in the lives of those around us.
Bless each and every one of you. I can’t wait to share some of the memories we made this past week in our nation’s capitol.
Now if I could only find that &^%$#%^&@!!! phone.