“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” -Dr. Seuss
My friend Kellie and I have a saying we tell each other, “You do You boo boo. You do You.” We say this to each other to remind ourselves that we need to be the best that we can be and we need to be the person God created us to be, not the person the world or the church expects us to be.
Growing up I was a really shy and quiet kid. I had a hearing problem and speech impediment, so I was different and being different as a kid is hard. To most people who know me and my explosive outgoing personality, the fact I was a shy kid is shocking. But it wasn’t until I was 14 at teen camp that I found out who I really was in Christ and I was given the freedom to be ME.
At this camp there was an amazing speaker who blew my mind about what a Christian looked and acted like. I had thought all Christians where meek and mild and had never seen a person like Tim Behrens. He was loud, dynamic, full of energy and on fire for Christ. He exploded into every room he walked into and you just had to watch him and listen to what he had to say. He knew who he was and who God wanted him to be and he didn’t care about what anyone else thought. I wanted that! I wanted to be who God wanted me to be not some version of a Christian I thought I had to be. From that summer on I embraced the person God made me to be, a silly wild adventurous and passionate person, who is Laura. God created me this way and I had spent my life hiding it, and looking at the past fifteen years of my life, I am so happy I chose to be me. I know that some people can’t handle my personality or find my confidence intimidating, but I need to be me the me God wants me to be. Part of having the freedom of being truly you is not caring what other people think, but caring about what God thinks.
Have you had one of these “ah ha!” moments? Can you pin point a moment in your life when you became the real YOU? I can distinctly remember that week at camp and am forever changed by one mans courage to be the person God created him to be. I don’t think Tim even knows the impact he made on me that week at camp and that I am the person I am today because of the words he spoke into my life that week at camp.
Now the truest you could be quiet, and that’s GREAT! You need to be you! The world and some churches want to put you in a box and expect you to walk, talk and act a certain way. But God did not create us all the same, He gave each of us different talents, gifts, strengths, weaknesses and dreams. You need to seek God’s heart and give yourself the freedom to be you, no matter what that looks like.
Yesterday in a meeting with my friend Kevin he gave me some great advice, “You need to be true to you and the call on your life. Whatever that looks like, be You, not who anyone expects you to be.” Then last night my friend Matt sent me a text telling me to look at myself through Gods eyes. We need to be constantly reminded and pushed to be true to ourselves. Having amazing friends like Kellie, Kevin and Matt who push me to be true to who I am is a HUGE help. Remember to surround yourself with people who see You for who You are and want to encourage you to be the truest You, you can be. So many of us are people pleasers and we want to make everyone happy. But in the end we end up making ourselves miserable. my friends reminded me I need to make God happy by being the truest Me I could be.
What do you need to let go of to be the truest You? What can you do today to step into the freedom of being You?