Today’s guest blogger is by a dear friend of mine and my sisters’. We’ve grown up with this girl and her writings and photography inspires me. Recently, she got baptized and her testimony made me cry–I’d lived it alongside her! I’m so proud to see her turning her trials into testimony and overcoming. Be sure to follow her on Instagram to see all of her great photos!
“Why are you scared of being who you are? But who am I to judge? I’m just as scared as you. I’m absolutely terrified that if I let people see the real me they won’t like it. I’m terrified the people that I call friends now will leave because they prefer someone who isn’t me. Someone who is _____. Guys, lemme tell ya that God didn’t create us to be that blank space. He created us to be different and unique. You have no idea how much I’ve struggled with this, and I’m positive that a lot of you guys struggle with this too, and that’s okay because at the end of the day we’re only human. Just the whole concept of fitting in and changing yourself just to feel accepted by our peers, what does that do for us at the end of the day? For me it leaves me feeling empty and wanting more, but deep down I know I’ll never be good enough for those people I’m trying to impress. However, God accepts us no matter what, and not just that: He freaking loves us beyond our imagination and beyond that. Romans 12:2 states that we should not conform to the patterns of this world, but be changed by the renewing of our minds. Y’all, being our 100% true selves and using our God given talents is literally the best thing we can do to serve the Lord. So, I say all this as a reminder to me and a reminder to you to just be yourself and to stop comparing and tryna fit in because, eventually you’ll run out of fuel and basically self destruct and I don’t want that for any of you, so imagine how much God doesn’t want that for you. No, go be the salt and the light of Jesus Christ even if it’s hard. He’s got your back. :)”