The Art of Being ME {Part 1 of 2}

girl chair with trumpet

 

The other day I found myself completely enraptured with someone’s art. I dreamily drank in the beauty as a fine wine, all caught up, savoring the sensory bouquet. And as I wondered at God’s gift given through a human mouthpiece, I thought…

What if?

What if the artists hadn’t been themselves?

What if they hadn’t possessed the confidence; felt the freedom to express their creativity so exquisitely, so innately?

The world, and I, would have missed out. Been deprived of such blessing. And the stakes took my breath in that moment, a tidal wave of conviction washing me through…

See, what we each have to offer–the gifting woven into our Divine makeup at our inception–it’s art. Priceless art. Because it’s our unique contribution to the world. Our reason for being, next to glorifying our Creator—and beautifully, it is exactly through making our unique contribution that we do that.

Not because our contribution boasts perfection—only the Gifter can claim that. But because it is our own, designed to be poured out in His Name, for His Kingdom’s gain. Like the perfume the sinful woman in Scripture poured over Jesus’ feet, mingled with her tears; a fragrant love offering both literally and figuratively–olfactorily pleasing, while savoring of her unique essence.

We all have different gifts. And some of us, in our insecurity, may fail to recognize our talents as such—gifts to the world. But they’re there in our inmost being—palpable. Unmistakable. Purposefully, fearfully and wonderfully, built-in.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)

 

“The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one’s inmost being.” Proverbs 20:27 (NIV)

Currently I’m growing through yet another season (my God is thorough) of learning precisely what it means to be uniquely me; owning my particular life’s call. We women live amongst, commune with, and therefore see others…so we’re naturally given to admiring, envying and imitating them (or at least feeling the temptation).

This morning at Bible study I saw my friend Tera, whom I hadn’t seen in awhile. As we exchanged smiles and I got ready to hug her hello, I stopped, staring quizzically at her nametag. Heather, it read.

“Heather?” I said.

She looked down and broke into sheepish laughter, explaining that as she had scribbled her nametag earlier, she was talking to our friend Heather. She promptly ripped off her mistaken identity and started over. Tera, she wrote, and all was once again right in our world.

I happen to think Tera wears her unique essence remarkably well…but don’t we do this, friends? Slap on someone else’s God-given identity, thereby cheapening the marvelous ways our God purposefully made us UNLIKE another?

In the spirit of Pinterest, great ideas beg to be copied, no? No–not when emulating another’s way means compromising God’s masterful blueprint of YOU.

If we live to be someone else, we’ll fail every time. Because we don’t have what it takes to be them. We’re Divinely wired to be ourselves. Exclusively.

So why, oh why would we yearn, feign to be something else; someone else?

{Join me tomorrow for “The Art of Being ME”, Part 2 of 2}

 

5 thoughts on “The Art of Being ME {Part 1 of 2}

  1. Leslie, this is really great! Such a good reminder that we are each a unique vessel, and God made us for such a time as this! 🙂 You would be an excellent speaker for the 7th grade FCA girls bible class right now… they are studying this same topic!

  2. Leslie, these are great thoughts!!! Sometimes I think that being ourselves comes at times when we are least aware. A God given freedom just to operate out of our giftings is often overlooked by the operator. There is such beauty in those around us!

    1. Jeannine- amen to that! So thankful for the vibrant rainbow my friends make, each their own hue, all beautifully different. Only God could be responsible for such an exquisite array…xoxo

Leave a Reply