I have been fascinated by questions lately! God has been speaking to me a ton by just asking me questions throughout my day. What I love about God is how strategic He is. He is so intentional. He knows what He’s doing. He always knows what to say. He knows what questions to ask. He always has the best advice to offer. You have to admit – He is good. So, with that being said. I have a question for you. This is one I’ve been going back and forth with between the Lord and I.
What would it look like for you to be YOU?
I made a big move back in September. I moved to Redding, CA – a new city I now call home. It’s been quite the adventure. I moved here to attend ministry school. I really had no clue what this all would look like. For the first time in my life, I actually was looking forward to not knowing what was going to happen.
I’m the girl who loves to plan. I love to have my whole life beautifully organized. (Doesn’t that sound amazing?!) This time though… I had no clue. All I knew was that God was about to take me on a journey. This journey would be centered around my heart and His. What I knew was that He and I would be drawing up the blue print map for how I would choose to love, live, and lead in life.
That’s all I knew and I was excited for the adventure we were about to embark on. Let’s just say this journey has been exactly what He showed me. It’s been all about the heart. So far, it’s been heart surgery. And it has been amazing!
I’ve learned more in the last few months since I’ve moved here than I know my heart and mind can comprehend right now. The greatest revelation I have had during this season of heart surgery (and am having) is that Gods ONLY expectation of me, while I’m on this earth, is to be fully me. That is all. Gods only expectation of you is for you to be fully you and to fully bring yourself to the table in every area of life.
I am as much fulfilling my calling and “destiny” when I am fully being ME as I am when I am doing what is required, needed, and expected of me.
If I can figure out who He’s created me to be and do that well then I’ve succeeded in life. My greatest purpose on earth is to be who He has called, created, desired, and longed for me to be. Nothing more and nothing less. All the dreams in my heart and the passions I believe He has placed in me can only flow out of this place. These dreams can only thrive in the garden of me being me.
If I’m not ME, which is who He created, I am nothing. Because who He created me to be is in Him and could never thrive apart from Him. Me being fully me looks like daily becoming and loving who God has made me to be. It looks like me committing to my process and promising to enjoy it. Just BE. Me being me is rooted in Christ and from that flows the life of worship I know my heart was fashioned for.
This is the resting place of vulnerability and identity. It’s the dwelling place where dreams and reality form a sweet union. Where opportunity seeks you. Where favor knocks on your door. Where you ditch the fear of man. Where you rid yourself from all unnecessary expectations. Where you break down gross standards that are not rooted in the heart of the Father. All striving ceases. All self-promotion finally reveals itself as pointless. There’s freedom. There’s breathing room. There’s clarity. There’s excitement. You finally begin to see the YOU inside of who you thought you had to be this whole time.
It’s a vulnerable place – allowing God to fully expose the beauty of YOU. It’s the exposure of all the greatness, power, influence, passion, joy, fierceness, resilience, and loyalty that’s inside of you. It’s scary! It’s exciting. This vulnerable place requires you to give God permission to expose you to yourself and have His way. It’s scary because once you know who He created you to be, there’s no turning back. You can’t un-see the greatness He’s now exposing in you. It’s complicated and yet, fairly simple. It’s a journey of becoming you. It’s a journey of allowing God to be God and giving Him what He wanted, what He gave His Son for… YOU.
I find it so funny the way God chooses to speak to us sometimes. He’s been asking me questions when He could obviously just tell me how it is. That is the beauty of Gods nature – He wants to know you not dictate you. I find it funny because this whole question asking thing of His is pure genius. How do you get to know someone and vise-versa? You ask questions! You ask them open-ended questions hoping to see more of who they are and what makes them tick.
So what would it look like for you to be you? To cease striving to live up to the gross expectation of who you assume others want, need, or expect you to be. What would it look like if the only expectation you lived up to was the one that your Dad has of you being the beautiful you He created before the earth was ever formed?
Something inside my heart says that’s all He wants for you and I. Seeing as though, we are all He wants. This is the resting place of vulnerability and identity and being firmly rooted in the heart of the Father. God wants you. Not the person you think or feel you need to be in order to achieve the most, look the best, fail the least, etc. He just wants you.
You are more than enough. You are exactly who He wanted. God longed for you and couldn’t wait any longer to have you. So, He made you! And now, all He wants is for you to be you and enjoy all He has in store for you. Be yourself. After all, you are created in His likeness. Thus, you are amazing!
If you haven’t answered the question yet, I dare you to.
What would it look like for you to be fully you? I pray a grace over you to be able to fully rest in who God is and who He’s empowered and created you to be. May your heart and soul come alive like never before as you learn to love yourself the way God loves YOU.