“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
While making a life map, I began to write down the areas of my life that God had given me to be a blessing in the earth. I listed: women’s ministry, family, music, art, books, and business. Then my daughter came along and sat next to me and said, “Mommy, you forgot to add ‘Friends’. God wants us to spend time with our friends.” Then she instructed me to write it down at the very top and draw a line. Tears began to well up in my eyes because I knew she was right. What she did not know was that I didn’t forget. I excluded it on purpose. The Lord was using her to minister to my heart in a deep way because I was beginning to give up on one of the most meaningful areas of my life—friendship. When things happen, it can cause you to change into what you hate. Don’t let negative situations change who you are. You will be miserable if you do. Stay true to who you are. Hold on to what you believe in even if it’s rare and unpopular. Be you. On that day, I made a decision to stop trying to change myself and be who God made me to be, a gifted encourager and a friend. It was revolutionary for me! Be encouraged today, my friend. Leave the negativity behind you and press on with a positive outlook on life. No matter what the enemy has tried to do in your thoughts, in trying to distort your views based on your experiences, take a stand against him and be who God made you to be. There’s only one you and God made you unique. You are designed by God to fulfill a purpose. But you must embrace it and not seek to change it. You become a great asset to the Body of Christ and a tremendous gift in this world when you stay true to who you are!
Prayer: Father God, thank You. You always know how to minister to me right where I am. You see into my heart and know the hidden desires there. Thank You for caring for me as much as You do. I love You. Forgive me for trying to change who I am. You created me, formed and fashioned me. I am fearfully and wonderfully made by You. I pray that You renew my mind and correct every distorted view I have on life. Help me stay true to who I am in You. In Jesus Name, Amen.