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But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. – Psalm 59:16
Today I saw a quote that read: Be who you are, not who the world wants you to be.
This got me to thinking. I am a number of things.
I am unwell.
The world wants me to be healthy. It calls me to be busy and have a never-ending supply of energy. The world craves tanned, ruddy complexions and an over-full calendar. But I am chronically ill and disabled, with a damaged immune system, to boot.
I am unthin.
The world wants me to be skinny. It calls me to starve and critique my body. The world craves toned and flat and hard. But I am unable to exercise and must regularly take medications that pack on the pounds.
I am budget conscious.
The world wants me to be wealthy. It calls me to sacrifice my family and health in the pursuit of more possessions. The world craves luxurious choices and a maxed credit line. But I am unable to work and usually scrimping. I have what I need, and just a smidge more.
Because of all of the above things that “I am”, the world expects that I will be discouraged.
But the world would be wrong!
Because of Christ, my spiritual health is intact… in fact, it’s sturdy and thriving. Because of the love of God, my soul is well-fed and perfectly shaped by a diet of scripture and prayer. And because of the Holy Spirit my coffers hold the pearl of great price. Where my treasure is, there my heart will be also.
And so I will be what I truly am, not what the world wants me to be.
I am mighty. I am saved. I am hopeful. I am blessed.
Just as I am.
Heavenly Father, thank You for helping me to look at my situation in a clearer way. Please keep me focused on a more eternal perspective, and help me always to be who I am in You, not who the world wants me to be.
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