Can You Remember Who You Were Before the World Told You Who You Should Be?

Learn to love the fool in you—the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often. Learn who you are without the world’s opinion.

What’s my purpose? Who am I? Not who am I dating, who are my friends, what school do I go to, what’s my job, but WHO AM I? The world tends to skip this question and instead tells us to go down the checklist of life. Because if you have everything they list (money, career, wife/husband, house, etc.) then you will be truly happy. Why do we need to have our whole lives figured out by the time we’re 18? We worry so much about what a child will be tomorrow yet we forget that he/she is someone TODAY.

Life is not a checklist! It’s so much more.

We find much confusion in life, constantly wondering which way to go and what the best solution is for the countless hardships we encounter. But confusion seems to be the forbidden word in today’s society. You are not allowed to be confused. You have to know what you’re doing and why you’re doing it at all times. If there’s a problem you must be quick to find a solution, because the simple words of “I don’t know” are not acceptable. We want an instant fix and instant results.

All good things take time.

The only dangerous confusion in life is the confusion of who we are. In the end, this is the only thing that matters. Uncertainty with life is beautiful, uncertainty with yourself is not. Learn to know the difference.

So who are you? What do you like about yourself? I believe many of us have forgotten or maybe never had a chance to learn the answers to questions like these. They are some of the toughest questions because they require something deeper than stating where you go/went to school, what you majored in, how many kids you have, and how much money you make. You can have all of these things but if you don’t know and love who you are…you will go through life feeling discontent with everything you do.

What we seek may be found in what we already have. God doesn’t expect us to have life figured out, but He does hope that we can discover who we are. He made you in a perfect image, knowing that you could be nothing on this earth but imperfect.

So learn to love the fool in you. The one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. Befriend your imperfections and even more…befriend your enemies. Only then will you be able to overcome the fears and doubts you carry. You will be able to peel back the layers of insecurity you feel burdened with. Only then will you be able to find the true peace and happiness that’s inside you.

Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?

If you want to learn your direction in life, learn about yourself without the world’s opinions. Discover the present you, not the future you. Embrace who you are, not what the world says you should be, and the rest will follow.

If you’re wondering where to go from here…start with this:

“People everywhere are searching for the key. Who they are and what their purpose is. I may not know you personally but I don’t care who you think you are or what you’ve done. I know that you are good enough. You are worth it. You are here for a reason. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are loved and cherished by the Creator of all things. You are a child of the one true King. You are you. You are His.” [Matthew Kelly]

Rachel Ann
Rachel Ann is a musician & ministry leader from Ohio. She released her first single called “Still I Run” in March 2016. Rachel Ann is currently writing a book called “The 30-Day Acceptance Challenge”. She continues to develop a new ministry, called Lasting Hope, which provides resources and inspiration to those that are facing trials in their lives. From parenting to grief, mental illness, relationships and more, it’s a safe place for healing and faith. Check out Lasting Hope on Facebook.

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