We will discover that we didn’t have to be sick, that we didn’t have to live broke, and that we didn’t have to be depressed and discouraged. We will realize that love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance were living inside us the whole time.
I struggled to learn this notion for a while within my personal journey…
I mean, what does it actually mean to be worth God's Absolute Best? Aren't we all children of God? Don't all of us deserve His best in some way or another? Shouldn't we do our best to help others realize this thought process? Are you seeing how I am subtly deflecting from the conversation being about me to pushing the shine or spotlight on someone or something else?
For years I had a bad tendency of downplaying my worthiness. Yes, I was all about inspiring, uplifting and empowering everyone else, but of course had the hardest time doing or accepting that for myself. My love life didn't reflect God’s Absolute Best, my 9-5 didn't reflect God’s Absolute Best and unfortunately now my body surely doesn't reflect God’s Absolute Best (we are working on this one as we speak so lookout for me in 2017 ;-)).
For my women’s conference, I created the Celebration of Worthiness Challenge where I would have ladies discuss on social media the day they truly realized they were worth it. Women from all over we're sharing such deep and personal experiences that it blew me away. Naturally, I'm a firm believer that I can't ask someone to do something that I myself am not willing to do, so I participated in the challenge as well.
As I began to listen to everyone's stories and reflected on my own, it truly opened my eyes to see just how much we as women settle for less than God's Absolute Best in almost every aspect of life. We somehow diminish or forget all the great qualities we bring to table in order to accommodate others or simply live within the realms fear. I thank God the light bulb went off for me this year to cut that behavior out altogether!
God has allowed me to really sit and review my 30 years of life in 2016. This included the good, bad and indifferent. And while I love everything the old me represents flaws and all, this new me has me sprung on all the new possibilities life will bring me in this new chapter.
The new and improved me, is set on a mission to out do herself! She looks Fear square in the eyes and tell it to give her its best shot! She doesn't have to prove her worth to anyone because she exudes it effortlessly for everyone to take notice and from what she projects they treat her as such. She is confident in her decisions and steps out on faith knowing that God has her throughout it all. Most importantly, she acknowledges and embraces her shortcomings working tirelessly to change those as well...
Yea, I really like this new me!
But I also appreciate the journey it took for me to get to this point...
There’s always a reason why our passion lines up with the calling God has for us. In all honesty, for those of us that has "brands" or “platforms", it's my opinion that they both should just be extensions of our authentic selves. That’s where we are the most impactful. That's how we display God's Absolute Best!
I don't think I'll ever go back to the old me, but I would definitely take the things I loved about her on this new journey ahead. In 2016 I'm proud to say, I fully discovered my self-worth and will allow God's Absolute Best to guide me in the right direction!