Who you are is enough. In fact, who you are is good. No, really. Are you perfect? No. Are there things you need to work on, to get make better? Yes. But who you are, right now, in this minute is enough. I get that this sounds like a cheesy speech, designed to make you pat yourself on the back and feel all warm and gooey inside. It’s not. It’s a reality check. We spend years of our lives, and billions of dollars trying to make ourselves “better.” Based on my experience, and that of those I know, most of us are really trying to make ourselves someone else. We are so uncomfortable with who we are that we use all our energy, and emotion, and time, trying to re-create ourselves. Folks, we need to stop.
As the preacher said Sunday, “We need to remember who and whose we are.” We were created by God. And God is good. What He creates is good.
“God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.”
Genesis 1:31 (NIV)
And yes, this verse is after He made human beings. Yes, we have sinned. Yes, we need a Savior to set us right with God again.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ.”
Romans 3:23-24 (NIV)
But God didn’t mess up. He didn’t make a mistake when He made us. Sometimes, we feel like He did. Sometimes, we can’t understand why we have personality characteristics that we consider flaws. But God formed us – and He always has a reason. Maybe we ought to start spending more time and energy accepting who we are and using our strengths instead focusing on what we consider to be our weaknesses. Maybe we ought to spend some time resting in the truth that God made us just how He wanted us. Maybe, even, we should celebrate that God did good!