“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”-Genesis 1:27
“Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.”-Oscar Wilde
Hi! Welcome to my first blog post. I want to take a minute to explain how things are going to work in this blog. Here’s a few things you should know before we get started:
- Each blog will have a scripture verse and quote from a famous author.
- The topic of each blog will revolve around the scripture verse and quote listed above.
- The purpose of each individual blog is to inspire you to “Do the Thing” despite whatever is holding you back.
Let’s get started!
Imagine this: It is the year 2030. Girls everywhere are empowering other girls. Celebrities are using their influence to promote self love, healthy eating, true friendships, and tips for when the going gets tough. Wouldn’t that be something? Where you can be YOU without any backlash from others! Unfortunately, 2019 is not exactly that picture. We live in a day and age where society tells us how to look, what to eat, what to say, what to wear, who to be friends with, what your fun should look like, and how to hide your imperfections and struggles. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think this is benefitting anyone, despite how anyones life is portrayed. Don’t forget that even the Kardashians argue and struggle with their daily lives. On live television, I might add. Yikes! But even then, those arguments and struggles aren’t real life arguments and struggles, they are arguments and struggles derived from their television portrayed life. “Where is real life?!” you might ask. The answer, swept under the rug or hidden far away in a closet in upstate New York so it can’t be found.
I am so tired of striving to be someone I am not. I get so caught up in what society wants from me that I forget who I am. The real me. Not the me I put on facebook or instagram. The me who just rolled out of bed with messy hair and really wants a Krispy Kreme donut for breakfast. The me who dances and squeals when I get excited. The me who wants to sleep during (or even skip) class because I tossed and turned all night from a comment I overheard someone say about me. The me who forgot to do my morning devotion because I had so many other things on my plate. There are so many aspects to me (both good and bad) and unless I tap into the “Me” folder daily, I can easily forget who I am. Every day I must chose to follow my passions and my happiness, not the passions or happiness I think my social media followers want to see. That’s a lot easier said than done, right? Absolutely. But lucky for you, and definitely lucky for me, I’ve found a tip I’m willing to share that helps me find my happiness in order to follow my passions.
- Here’s my tip!! I read my Bible DAILY. Hear me out before you check out! You may not be a Bible reading kind of person, but please hear me out. If not for me, do it for yourself. Who knows, this could be the thing you’ve been searching for to find your happiness and ultimately your passions. For me, I’ve found that if I wake up and start my day by thanking Jesus for giving me another day, I can take on the world with my passions at the forefront. If I start my day without first talking to Jesus, I find that both myself and my day are all out of whack. So if I want my day to be happy and passion filled, I must first wake up and read my Bible. It keeps me happy and my passions in check.
To dig a little deeper, Genesis 1:27 tells us that we are made in the image of God. What! That’s so stinking cool. If you’re new to the whole God thing, let me just say this – He is all things good. He is creative, patient, love, strong, active yet restful, and literally so much more. While the scripture says that we were made in the image of God, the quote I picked says that you should be you because everyone else is already taken. Does this sound contradictory? One is telling you that you were made in the image of God while the other says to be you and not anyone else. These two quotes are like shoe strings. They tie together really well if you actually tie them. You’re more than welcome to read them each individually and leave your shoes untied. But I have a feeling you’re going to trip. So if I were you, I would tie my shoes. Listen here. You were made in the image of God (Genesis) to be uniquely you (Wilde). God didn’t make us in the image of someone else, so why are we continually trying to be like someone else? Remember earlier how I said that God is all things? Well that’s true. And luckily, there’s enough of his characteristics to go around to make us each unique in our own unique ways. They say that if an author says something twice, you should pay attention? Well, here you go. He made us in the image of Himself! If striving to be like someone else is what is holding you back from being you, trust me, you are WAY cooler than whoever you are striving to be. God didn’t make two Kim Kardashians (or whoever your idol is), so quit trying to be like her. If you want to eat the donut for breakfast, but Kim’s dietitian says no, eat the donut anyway. You were never made to be like someone else, you were made to be you. So today, I say we should just be ourselves and only ourselves. I know that’s what I am going to do. Reading my Bible daily helps me to be me. If it helps Me be Me, maybe it can help You be You, too.
Girl, Do the Thing. Read your Bible today.
P.S. – If you don’t know how/where to start, download the Bible app right now and search for the plan “Habits of Happiness” by Pastor Rick. I have completed this plan twice in the past year. 10/10 would recommend to get started reading the Bible to find your happiness. Happiness is the first step to finding your passions, and lucky for us, the Bible is a great place to find your happiness. Trust me, the Bible is a real life changer. Give it a try!