The Real Me

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If you were asked to describe yourself, what would you say? The majority of us would start with our appearance and then maybe include our occupation and marital status. In most cases, it wouldn’t get any deeper than that. However, there are many more components that compose the real you.

For me personally, I struggled in the past with not only poor body image, but also comparing myself to others. I wanted to have the perfect look, because then everything else would fall into place, right? So, I stressed over an extra pound here or a bad hair day there. All the while thinking that if the outside was better then I would be better on the inside. This way of thinking quickly sucked me into the trap of comparing how someone looked on the outside to how I was feeling on the inside.

I love what Renee says about comparing/competing in Chapter 8 of A Confident Heart, “ God never intended for us to compete with each other; He wants us to complete one another, celebrating and encouraging each other’s strengths while discovering who He created us to be” (pg. 137).

I had to come to a point where I saw who I was through God’s eyes – my true identity. God didn’t create flat, one-dimensional people. He gave us spiritual gifts, passions, abilities, personalities and experiences, which make each one of us unique.

Each and every one of us has been given spiritual gifts to use for God’s purpose. Think about it like this, I’m certain that if someone gives you a Christmas gift you won’t leave it wrapped and sitting on a shelf or the bottom of your closet. Therefore, you and I need to utilize the gifts God has given to us.

I enjoyed taking the spiritual gifts assessment on Wednesday. If you haven’t taken one before I suggest you spend a few moments to see where your strengths lie. My top three were teaching, faith and exhortation. God has given me these gifts to reach out and shine His light and encourage those around me.

God has also put passions within each one of us. One of mine is to help and lift up those who are broken and hurting. Because of various experiences God has brought me through, I can identify with many hurts and pains.

Besides gifts and passions, we also have various abilities. Some people can sing, paint, lead, speak – you name it. God has blessed me with the ability to write. I first saw this as a possibility when I went through this study through OBS two years ago.

It was at this time I was encouraged to start a blog for the first time. I was so nervous when I hit the publish button the first time, but I chose to use what God had given me and be available to His leading. Since that first post, I have written and published my first book, Get REAL: Stop Hiding Behind the Mask, started on my second book and met amazing women through my blog that have touched my heart – all because I chose to use the abilities, gifts, passions and experiences God had created me with for His purpose and plan.

Every pieces of us as individuals may not make sense or be appealing, but combined together you and I are each a living breathing masterpiece from God. You wouldn’t go into a museum and take apart pieces of art thinking you knew better than the artist, so why do we do the same thing with God?

When you and I begin to embrace who God has created us to be, it will lead to confidence.

Your Turn:Who are you? What gifts, passions and abilities has God created in you? Most importantly, what are you going to choose to do with them?

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8 thoughts on “The Real Me

  1. Thank you Jamy. Your blog is beautiful and so are your words. I took the test and God reaffirmed by gifts of mercy. I pray shines His light on you today! God Bless.

  2. Jamy, thanks for sharing your beautiful topic pic and your writings! The spiritual test was awesome to take and see what God is doing in each of us! Thanks for shining for us on the blog sweet sister! Cindy OBS Small Group Leader~

  3. Jamie I am His masterpiece and am learning that more each day. This entire study has shown me things and walked me thru things to really know how special I am. I am so glad God placed you in OBS. Your writing is beautiful and you have found your perfect calling. Thank you for blessing me all the time. Hugs. Debbie W. (OBS Facebook Group Leader/Blog Hop Team)

  4. I am fearfully and wonderfully made! It isn’t until more recently that I truly believed these words. God has spoken volumes into my heart and soul and I have been able to accept and find truth in His words. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Reblogged this on Free to Fly Now and commented:
    Another great post by Jamy Whitaker! I want to ahare that I have been on a little Sabbatical but I will be back to my original writing very soon. I thank all of you for your loyalty in continuing to follow Free To Fly Now. I pray you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know you are going to be blessed by Jamy’s post. She is a published writer and an amazing woman. We all have gifts given to us by God. Do you know what yours are? Read on….<3 you all!

    Tristine

  6. Love you Jamy! Thank you for you. I have reblogged this over to Free to Fly Now. I know my readers will be blessed. Oh, and I echo what “BloggerlovestheKing” says. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving Sweet Sister. ❤

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