For the longest time I feel as if have been told that I have to be someone else in order to be successful.
I am naturally an introvert but the world tells me I need to speak more, be loud, be the center of attention, be this or be that. Growing up, I was bullied because people viewed my “quiet-tendency” as weakness and thought that they could walk all over me.
There’s been so many times I have been ashamed and embarrassed of the person God made to be because 1) I was made fun of and ridiculed; and 2) I saw myself as being something different, something better. Have you ever felt the same?
“For by grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one….According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts.” Romans 12:3, 6.
In this passage, Paul is telling us to be humble and to use what God has already given us for the good of the body in Christ. He is also telling us to to focus on using the gifts God has given us.
**Side note this is not about who is better, introvert or extrovert. I believe God uniquely made each of us and has given us the gifts and talents needed to do the work of His kingdom. We are all needed and valued as part of the body of Christ.
God Created You with Special Gifts & Talents
We so often wrap ourselves up in trying to be someone else or something else. Trying to fulfill qualities that we believe are more valued or accepted in society. Read about how to “Change Your Narrative” here.
But God asks you to be the person He has already made you to be.
“For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well.” Psalm 139:13-16.
What if you took a step back today to think about who God made you to be and who He didn’t make you to be?
When you start to believe that God made you perfect and complete in Him, you will no longer feel like anything is wrong with you.
Learning Your Gifts & Talents
Going back to the passions and skills God designed for us has so much value and worth in identifying our gifts and talents.
“For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10.
I have come to believe (or am starting to believe) that my strengths might not be the same as those of someone else and that is perfectly fine. God has given me special strengths that are uniquely fitted for my role in His body. How awesome is that?
I don’t have to compare myself to others or wish I could be them because God has taken that burden away from us. You can read about “Five Tips to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others” here.
So I might never be the person who is great at public speaking (and if you are, good for you!) but I know that I am good with the behind the scenes, building out strategy stuff. Both roles are needed and have their own unique, God-designed purpose.
Try making a list today of the gifts and talents you think God has given you.
Where to Find Who God Made You to Be.
True joy and a life well lived are not found in living for others. You can only find fulfillment when you turn to the Bible.
“Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding so that I can learn Your commands. Those who fear You will see me and rejoice, for I put my hope in Your word.” Psalm 119:73-74.
The beauty of being in the Bible is that it is the final Word and you can rebound from the moments of self-doubt so much faster. Read this blog post on “Seeking Truth in the Word.”
Remember YOU are valuable and worthy of the calling God has laid out for you. He has given you the strengths to fulfill His will. Focus on those and you will prosper.
Join me today by believing YOU were wonderfully made for a God-given purpose.