Most of us come into this world feeling good about ourselves. We have no problem putting on the cape or the fairy wings and knowing we could possibly fly if we caught the right wind one day. And then little by little, we loose that confidence. We loose the celebration of who we are, and when we loose it in ourselves, we loose it in seeing and celebrating the uniqueness in others as well.
I just finished reading the book, You’re Already Amazing Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be by Holley Gerth. Holley is a counselor that writes as if she is a close friend having a heart to heart chat with you at a coffee shop. Her writing style is light and easy to read, and yet real in a way that makes you want to giggle and cry in the same paragraph.
I’ve never met a woman who found it easy to believe she’s amazing. I’m not talking about the puffed-up pride we sometimes see from celebrities (that’s really just another form of insecurity). I mean “I truly know who I am in Christ, embrace that fully, and live in that completely all the time.” I use to think I had to find a silver bullet that would kill my insecurity and replace it with confidence. I now believe that because we are all Eve’s daughters, this insecurity is something we’ll face throughout our lives.
When I read this paragraph, it made me wonder if that is also why we are so hard on each other. I once worked at a school where the women on the team ripped each other to shreds just for sport. These were incredibly gifted women who were loving and kind to children with disabilities. They were beautiful, unique, and I was amazed at their patience and their love to the children. And yet they enjoyed tearing each other down, creating drama and smear campaigns against each other. I found myself in the center of that drama often. Those gifted, wonderful women tried very hard to clip my wings that year. As I pondered what was going on, I realized that the root of this is personal insecurity. This wing clipping happens everywhere… on the job, among friends, and even in the church. Women can be viscous with one another. Sigh…we are the daughters of Eve.
We are also the daughters of the Most High. I think each one of us carry a part of the Spirit of God that is unique. Each of us is already so very amazing. And when we really figure that out, there is nothing that can stop us from flying.
“Even if we’ve never met, I know this about you: you’re a daughter of God, a holy princess, a woman created with strengths you’ve yet to fully grasp and a story that is still being written by the divine Author himself. And if you really take hold of who who you are, and what you’re called to do, there will be no stopping you.”-You’re Already Amazing by Holley Gerth
Now think hard, and look within…what is amazing about you? You have a part of the divine light within you, how do you reflect it? Don’t be afraid to smile and speak it. Have you struggled to overcome those who would clip your wings and keep you from flying?