Monique McLean and Lindsay Teague, both Royal Crown Diamonds, encourage us in their books to embrace who we are. We are uniquely made for
a reason. We have a certain personality type and skills for a reason. Our weaknesses serve a purpose as well.
Instead of wishing we were more like someone else or had someone else’s gifts, skills or talents, let’s learn to embrace who we are. What is YOUR story? Share it with others so that they can relate
to you. Don’t leave out the things you think nobody else wants to know. Don’t be ashamed that you are not more outgoing then someone else; you were created to relate to others with a personality similar to yours. Your story could encourage someone
in ways you can’t even imagine.
As Lindsay says “You have a unique set of talents,
abilities, skills, connections, experiences, and ideas that no other person on the planet can replicate.”
And a bit later, “The people who are following you are doing so for a reason. Either they know you from the past or they chose to know you now. Either way, you have something they are attracted to. You’re the common denominator here.” (p
I like what Monique says in Day 3 of the 21 Days of Prayer Journey: “We are so caught up in what others have; we forget to see what beautiful qualities we possess. Don’t let comparison steal your joy. You are unique and special in your own way. The gifts you have been given are
not only for the benefit of you but the benefit of others. If your gifts go unused, or you are so distracted by what others are and you aren’t, then other people miss out on your exclusive design. Don’t shelve your gifts.”
Not everyone was created extroverted; not everyone was created introverted. Not everyone has a musical skill or is good at dancing or entertaining others. Not everyone
is great in scholastic stuff, not everyone is good with numbers. We are all created differently so we can WORK TOGETHER in a synergistic way to bless this world we live in.
As far as weaknesses go, they are there to keep us humble, reminding
us to rely on God’s strength so that we find our confidence in Him and don’t become self-confident and prideful. They are to remind us that we were not designed to do things relying on our ourselves. When you are tempted to ask God to take away
the hardships and weaknesses in your life, remember what the Lord told Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you”. This was written in 2 Corinthians 12:9, and then Paul says: “I will all the more gladly boast
in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may completely enfold me and may dwell in me…” and then in verse 10 he says “when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength].”
That is the Amplified version.
I want to finish with Monique’s words: “Don’t
focus on how other people have found success with their unique design; focus on YOUR DESIGN." (p 20) Embrace your uniqueness! God created you just as you are for a good reason. Attract others to you by sharing how God
has used your unique design to bless others.
Coming up next: Adopt
healthy habits and stay committed to them for life.