I won Most Talented Female my senior year in high school
It was humbling and surprising to say the least. I still don’t understand how or why it happened, but it’s blessed my socks off for sure. This award shifted my perspective of how I viewed myself. I never thought of my random hobbies as talented, or at least not worthy of the title “Most Talented”, when I had plenty of friends who had power house voices or could create art worthy of a place in a museum somewhere important.
The surprise I felt at being named “Most Talented” by my peers and the surreal feeling that followed with, is a reminder to me of how God has chosen each of us out of our mess; naming us as His heirs, holy and blameless in His sight. There is nothing more surreal than the fact that the God who created everything out of nothing, picks each of us out of the crowd and calls us righteous and holy, complete in Him.
How often do we forget who we are in Christ? In fact, what would change about our daily lives if we walked in the confidence that we are radically loved and chosen by the King of Kings?
There have been plenty of moments in my life where I have written myself off, comparing myself to others, struggling to be confident in the gifts God has given me and missing opportunities to step out in faith in fear of being seen as proud. THIS IS NOT A WAY TO LIVE. This in itself is a form of bondage and God didn’t call me (or any of us) to live life in chains, in fact He called us to a life of freedom! He named me and knit me in my mother’s womb.
We listen too much to what others say of us, taking on labels that God never intended for us to hold onto. Don’t write yourself off because you think someone else is more qualified. Who are we to tell God that we can’t be used or that we aren’t who He says we are?! I laugh at myself when I tell God who I am and what I’m capable of because He knows me better than I’ll ever know myself! Truth be told, more often than not, God will use us in our weaknesses so that there is no room for us to boast in our own abilities, but instead give Him the glory for working in those moments.
How humbling and surreal it is to know He sees us and calls us His children! Walk in the confidence that you are worth Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, that you are eternally loved even in the moments you feel like no one could love you. Don’t write yourself off for past mistakes or for not measuring up to a standard you hold everything else to, you aren’t called to live in fear and self-doubt!
Seek Him and what He says about you, I promise it will rock your world! There is grace, peace, and God given confidence when you start doing so.