There are a few brave stories on social media worth mentioning about this topic.  One lovely girl, laughed at for her large size while shopping, turned it around, posting a picture of herself in the same shirt that the scoffers had used in her ridicule. Another young woman boldly wears her bikini during filming a statement recapping all the comments she has received regarding who she is not and why a girl her size should not wear a bikini.  

Both of these girls held her heads high with big smiles on their faces.  Why? They were celebrating who they were not.

I recently had some serious discussions with God regarding this topic. I had sensed a lifting of an artificial identity, based on goals and desires I thought God wanted for me. God reassured me that He wanted me as I am now, not who I think I should be. The feeling was so liberating!  I sat in awe as I felt clumps of clay fall off the outside of this cracked clay jar of my life!

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great reassure.  This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. (2 Corinthians 4:7, NLT)

 

Those clumps of clay that fell off were worthy goals.  They were things I thought I needed to be doing. God didn’t want me to be doing them and they blocked His light from shining as brightly as it could of.   I now see that these caused so much self-inflicted pain and weight on my shoulders. No matter how hard I sincerely worked towards these goals; the joy was not there, the burden was not light, and the progress was not good.

Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy to bear and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, NLT)

 

I have found Jesus’ words to be true that the burden He gives is light.  It is light because the power needed to complete it comes from Him, not me.  Look again at the statement “Let me teach you, because I (Jesus) am humble and gentle at heart.”  Who would not want to learn from someone with that attitude! Sign me up!

Pause and think about how many self-inflicted goals you might be carrying around.  Spend time with Jesus by meditating on scriptures and prayer. Offer your goals and plans to Him and allow him to cut away the burdens that you have placed on your shoulders that is not of Him.

I look forward to hearing about your celebration!