Today was…

Published February 9, 2008 by Stacy

a pretty uneventful day in my part of the world. S had a blast teaching the 3rd graders today. He took the keyboard in and played some music for them. Last week he had the uncle of one of the 3rd graders play his guitar. He is teaching them music theory along with exposing them to different types of music and instruments. I think he is having more fun teaching the kids than I have ever seen him have. It is such a blessing to be able to watch someone do something that they love so much. That reminds me of an article I read today about finding who you really are and doing what you love.

The REAL Me
by Renee Swope

I sat in the circle dreading my turn to talk. The facilitator of our “team-building” activity had asked our group of eight to answer these questions: What do you love to do? If finances were unlimited and failure was unlikely, what would be your dream?

I started praying we’d run out of time before they came to me. But just in case I had to answer, I listened to everyone else describe their dreams, hoping to get ideas. One wanted to be the first female president of the United States. Another friend said she’d always wanted to sing in a Christian rock band. I was in trouble.

Here I was 32-years-old (at the time) and didn’t know who I was or what my dreams were. Eventually everyone looked at me for a response. I stumbled over my words but finally admitted that I didn’t really know what I loved to do. I didn’t have a dream. I felt like a third-grader living in a grown woman’s body. Did I want to be a nurse, a school teacher, or a movie star?

Who was I? What did I like to do? Unfortunately, I’d never taken time to answer those questions. Instead, I had tried to be who others wanted or needed me to be. But honestly, I wasn’t very good at it. I often had this uneasy feeling in my heart and a sense of just not being happy. I was also a constant candidate for burn out.

Later the facilitator encouraged me to ask God what His dreams were for my life and to spend time getting to know myself better. She also suggested I read some books on personalities. I took her advice and began a process of getting to know the real “me” who’d gotten buried in the busyness of life and people-pleasing.

As I read books about different temperaments and personality traits, I started to recognize what I liked, strengths that came natural for me, and what I needed emotionally to encourage my heart. Instead of wanting to be like women I knew and admired, I realized there was a reason that I was who I was — with my passionate preferences and mixed bag of emotions. For the first time I felt like someone (the author of those books) understood me. I also sensed that God wanted to use the unique way He made me to shape my heart for ministry.

Isn’t it easy to completely neglect ourselves to meet the needs of everyone around us, and call it self-sacrifice? It sounds godly, but in doing so we risk shutting down a place in our soul where God’s dreams and gifts are waiting to be revealed. It’s not self-seeking but God-seeking to intentionally get to know and become the woman He created you to be.

So, how well do you know the real you? Have you ever taken time to think about what you like to do? How would you fill your free time if you had no fears, no insecurities and no doubts? (You probably have no free time, but what if you did?) What are your dreams?

I hope you’ll take time to get to know the woman God created you to be. In doing so I discovered the life I was meant to live, the dreams I was meant to dream.

Remember, God made you. He knows you and He loves you just the way you are. The only change He desires is that you become more like Him, as you become more like you!

This really struck a cord with me. How often do we go through life being what others tell us we should be? If we are serving God then we should only be concerned with who He wants us to be. If we are living a life to please God then we have to be very careful to not try to please the world and only do what God wants us to do. I know first hand that saying that is easier than actually doing it. But I found this article as good reminder to be who God wants me to be and nothing less.

So anyway we went after school today to buy gloves for the kids since we signed them up to play ball. Did you know that you can’t find gloves for left handed people at Wal-Mart? We have to find a sporting goods store to get a glove for Buddy since he is a lefty like his daddy. But the girls were able to find gloves that they liked. We also got them batting gloves and picked up some softballs and baseballs so that we can start playing catch with them before practices start. I hope that all three of them have a great time playing but we told them to just try it for one season and of they don’t enjoy it then they don’t have to play again. I enjoyed the three seasons that I played of softball but I know that it is not for everyone.

One more thing I have to share, I love that we have a Wii. The thing I love the most is that you can download vintage Nintendo games onto your Wii. I have downloaded Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3 and Bubble Bobble. Do you know why I am so excited about this? It is because I can play these games from my childhood with my kids and actually have a chance at beating them. I can’t play the new games as well as they can. I have a hard time with the 3-D games. So being able to play the old games puts me and the kids on a more even playing field. So now that I have talked about it, I think I am going to go play Super Mario Bros. 3. Have a blessed weekend.

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