Wednesday, March 25, 2009

No one Alive is Youer than You

“Today you are You, that is truer than true.
There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

Dr. Suess
Are you a runner if you run, but not in marathons? Are you a writer if you write, but have never been published? Are you a singer if you sing, but only loudly in the shower? Are you a dancer if your only partner is God and the vacuum cleaner? (Come on, I know I’m not the only one who dances with the vacuum.)

Who defines the answer to this? More often than not, we define success in an endeavor by standards that compare us with others, thus belittling ourselves in the process.

If you have a passion or desire to do something then you are gifted to do it. Maybe you will have an audience of One, but He will be a proud Father over your creation.

Why is it that we encourage a child who draws a silly picture with praise, and yet as we attempt new things as adults, we judge our efforts under harsh standards of excellence?

Our gifts are often buried under fear, disappointment or regret. We are our own worst critics. Bah humbug, I say “Hush, voice of negativity.” Dance like no one is watching. The applause of heaven might be your only encouragement but what is richer than that?

“He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.” Phil. 1:6

A few nuggets I carried away from the weekend on “Transformed in the Journey”:

We can not settle. Where you settle you die.

All of us are born originals but most of us die as copies.

God is as invested in you Finishing Well as He is in your Beginning.

I'm going to imagine I look like this: Though to you, I may look like this:

I’d rather look back and say, “I’m glad I did”, rather than “I wish I had”. What about you?


Chatty Kelly said...

I just love this post Beverly! The truth is I'm not a great singer, or dancer...probalby not even a GREAT writer (I hope I'm at least good). But God made me and he loves me just the way I am. Oh, there are some parts of me he wishes I'd work on, no doubt. But he loves me still. :-)

Melanie said...

I've been thinking along the same lines, Beverly.
Very good thoughts here.

Shelly W said...

I love this! What wonderful encouragement. Thank you for posting it.

Scrap It Up (a.k.a. Kendahl) said...

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