Who are you?

What do you like to do?

What makes you tick and brings you great joy?

For years, I couldn’t answer those questions well. I wasn’t sure what I liked or  who I really was. I was too busy looking at others and what they liked instead of leaning in to my uniqueness.

But, there’s something that happens when we become real with ourselves. When we give ourselves permission to be who we are… who God created us to be… we end up discovering who we really are.

As we live real lives we discover who we are.

As we live real lives we discover who we are.

We no longer look to others or to try to be anyone else. We stop trying to measure up and simply rest in the assurance of self-acceptance. But, I found, there’s more to it than that. By living real lives we discover who are are because of how God created us. We discussed days ago how living real is accepting our uniqueness and embracing how God gifted us. When we do that we can’t help but look to God in thankfulness and awe.

It’s then when we discover who we really are.

Take a look:

If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me. Matthew 10:39 MSG

I don’t know about you, but forgetting about myself isn’t so easy to do. I think about myself way too much… my comfort, my schedule, my future, my life. So, how on earth do I forget myself?

How on earth do I forget myself?

My focus need to change. Instead of focusing on me so much of the time, what if I focused on God and His plans for me? What if I truly gave up my will for His? I may say I do these things, but really, do I? Goodness, this post humbles me. I wonder, will I ever accomplish this on this side of eternity?

Friend, how do you do it? Are you pretty good at this forgetting yourself thing? I’d love to read your thoughts and what works for you below.

In the meantime, we can pray for God’s equipping, His grace, and His power to be evident in our lives… as we forget ourselves and look to Him.

Living real. Let’s continue to discover who we really are. One day at a time.

Blessings, friend!

Julie

 

 

It’s a joyous day… Day 20 of 31 Days of Living a Real Life. You can find the prior posts here.

I’m linking up with my Five Minute Friday friends, on the prompt DISCOVER. It’s free-writing for five minutes, imperfect and freeing! Check out these amazing people and their writing here. And, I invite you to try it for yourself.

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