WOW! This is it! The day when we actually put a little window to the world from my brain out in public! It’s a little scary actually. To know that my random, personal, and bible study time thoughts are going out into cyberspace. The thought keeps coming to me “AM I EVEN QUALIFIED TO SHARE ANYTHING??????”
It is that very thought that stalks me that let’s me know – YES I AM! I am qualified to share because me and you are so much alike. ‘But Nicole, you don’t even know who all will read this!’ I know and that is really exciting! But it doesn’t matter if we have met or not – we have soooooo much in common.
We all have dreams and aspirations that are coupled with fear of rejection and lack of significance. Think about it. Every time we double check our outfit (don’t let the men lie, they do it too), we trip in public and look to see if anyone saw, we speak up at a meeting and wonder if we came across the way we wanted to or looked totally stupid and tripped over our words and got interrupted, meet a new neighbor or friend and really like them, we wonder if we are going to be accepted for who we are.
Then if we ‘feel’ they do accept us, the same feelings of ‘whatever we bring to the relationship isn’t as important as what everyone else is bringing’ or ‘I wish I could do something to make a difference’ creeps into our head to attempt to steal the joy of the victory of ‘I did good!’ or ‘They liked me!’
WHAT IS THAT ALL ABOUT????
It is about an enemy
Believe it or not, there is an enemy out there jealous of the very place we are now!
1Pet. 5:8 NKJV Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
We have an enemy and his main tool is to whisper diminishing thoughts in the ear of you and I. If he can keep us from accomplishing, he has won. And he is so GOOD at it! And we believe him! Oh Snap!
So what do we do? How do we fight these feelings? Who says we are any better than these thoughts and feelings tell us we are?
I’ll tell you who says – God!
He created each one of us just the way he wanted us. And He is a fantastic artist. He took His time on each person with each nuance, unique gifting, a certain appeal, and an exclusive look. A couture original! (Don’t let me loose you here guys, think of it as a your favorite pair of sneakers that are perfect and worn just right for your feet and you love them and wouldn’t trade them for a new pair because they wouldn’t fit the same. That’s like couture for men.)
Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations—that’s what I had in mind for you. Jer 1:5 Message
God has plans for you and me
To reach our world. We are so important that the creator of the universe took time out of His schedule to form and create us just the way He wanted us. You can touch lives that no one else has access to. You can encourage someone that no one else will listen to. You are the person that God created to live in this time and make little comments, touches and changes on our path to encourage others to not listen to that enemy.
So that is why I am starting this blog. To remind you and I on a regular basis that we are significant. We have a mission. We are important. That God loves even us.
Here we go!!!