Look At You!
We have this saying that we reserve for my nephew when he’s accomplished something new. With big grins on our faces and joy in our voices we say, “Look at you, big’un! You’re so good at things!” Then we promptly scoop him up and give him a multitude of kisses and praise.
This phrase has been rolling through my head the past couple of weeks as I’ve reflected on the past few months of my life. To recap, I got a new job in a field I had never worked in, I got my very own sweet, little apartment, and I’ve become a student in areas I thought I’d never venture into. The past six months has brought on a lot more responsibility! I didn’t realize I doubted myself so much until I arrived at this place of wonder in all the adult things I’ve been able to accomplish.
I am consistently in awe of how unique God has made all of us. He has given us each our very own identities that are as diverse and original as fingerprints. We are all different and yet we are all capable of wonderful, great things. Like a master weaver, he has knitted us together with a sense of humor here or a sense of practicality there. Some of us are fiercely independent and some are more comfortable following rather than leading. You may be more quiet while I am boisterous. I know some women who are so sweet and docile and I long to be like them sometimes.
Yet, that is not who God created me to be. I am bold, passionate, smart, funny, a little weird, a little bit of a hippie, one who loves intensely, one who can’t stay mad at anyone for any length of time. Some people think in black and white contexts while I think in color. I am uniquely different. I am uniquely me.
The same goes for you. Whether you laugh loud (with a wee snort) or a good Nicholas Sparks novel can turn you into an emotional wreck. Whether you sing or you dance or you craft or you do none of those things. Whether you’re a woman who breaks the status quo and thinks more with the logical side of your brain or you let your emotions lead you. Whether you’re ooey gooey or the presence of a touchy feel-y person makes you crazy. Whether you can decorate a home like a magazine spread or you’re doing well just to have furniture in your home at all. Whether you’re sweet and gentle or fierce and brave. Whether you’re a go-getter or wait right here type of person.
Whatever your personality traits are, you should relish them. There is no shame in being who God created you to be. Delight in the uniquely different person that you are.
“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:13-14
To those who work their tails off so that they can live and give freely… To those who are in college and holding down a job(s) at the same time… To those who volunteer for incredible organizations… To those who are chasing their dreams… To those who are taking life by the horns and saying, “Let’s do this!”… To those who are setting off from shore into a brave and beautiful world… I say, “Look at you… Just look at you! You’re learning and exploring and increasing in wonderful ways. And I couldn’t be more proud of you.”
To those who don’t even know how to dream… To those who are still trying to figure out their place in this big world… To those who can’t seem to find their purpose here… To those with a million questions and next to no answers about who they are and where they’re going… I say, “Look at you… You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You were woven together with purpose and you entered this world with a mission whether you’ve discovered that or not. You will do great things even if the world rates them as small. I believe in you.”