I’m a sucker for the Clinique gift-with-purchase promotions. I usually like the little make-up bag designs and the “freebies” inside as well. This time I bought so much product that I received two bags…same design in different colors…one warm…one cool.
I thought I would try both, but, truthfully, the colors inside one flatter me more than the colors inside the other. They just work for me, because I was made to wear those colors. I can wear the other, but they really don’t look good on me—they clash with who I was designed to be.
Try as I might…they just aren’t gonna work.
Have you ever been discontent with the way God made you….or the unique plan He has for your life?
In my discontent, I tried all sorts of ways to make my life and myself the way I wanted it/myself to look.
It all started with someone telling me that there was something wrong with me—actually wrong with the life I had been given…the hand I had been dealt.
At a very young age someone told me I was ugly.
And since then, the enemy, sometimes using people, has told me all kinds of things, either by innuendo or blatant remark, about how I should be discontent with myself—my life…
Perhaps because it doesn’t look like their own [better?] life.
I’m not talking about being content to live a life of sin or lacking character…we should never be content to live there.
I am talking about getting rid of those very things that God may be using to lead us, and even others, to Himself to reveal more of His truth—Himself— to give us a heart that longs to be His own.
I am talking about being different than, not better than…because, ultimately, who does not have anything that has not been given him?
I have a friend who once got kicked out of a dance class because she kept looking at everyone else’s feet!
I’ve blogged about the mocking bird who sings everyone else’s song but his own.
This week I am being challenged with the temptation to look at other people’s feet… of fearing to sing my own song…of opening the bag with the wrong colors for me in it…. in order to fit in…to belong.
Deep within I know it is a trap.
And I am determined to believe that My God has a PERFECT plan for MY life…and it is GOOD!
I will dance the dance and sing the song and wear the colors He has uniquely chosen for me because, in the end, it’s not about you or me, is it?
Here I am, Lord; use me just as I am, for your glory!
“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” Jeremiah 29:11, Amp.
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