Be Who and How He Made You
There's something within us all that deserves to be let out. If I'm honest with myself, which is exactly what I intend to be, I can be a bit of a chameleon at times. I can take on others' personalities, traits, likes/dislikes, etc. It's not intentional -- it may be some sort of survival tactic. I don't know. I am always true to my introverted tendencies, though -- there is some sort of invisible line my subconscious has drawn for itself as to how far I'll go to fit in (thankfully), most likely out of fear. But that's not what I'm here for today.
What I'm here for today is to break out of the chains that I put myself in. Sometimes when I feel uncomfortable, which is more often than I'd like to admit, I don't allow myself to be myself. It could be that I don't want to offend someone, or I don't want to stand out, I want to be remembered, I want to be left alone, I want to impress someone, etc. But whatever the reasons may be for my inclination to blend in, I'm here to free myself of those binds.
My declaration today is that I AM ALLOWED.
I am allowed to fail.
I am allowed to succeed.
I am allowed to treat myself, and to bless others.
I am allowed to START OVER.
I am allowed to do something because I enjoy it; not because I am the best at it.
I am allowed to enjoy myself.
I'm allowed to NOT miss "home", wherever that may be, and I am allowed to miss it just the same.
I am allowed to try new things.
I'm allowed to take a break.
I'm allowed to be vulnerable.
I'm allowed to have fears, and I'm allowed to cry.
I am allowed to learn.
I am allowed to dream.
I'm allowed to act like a child, or to be an adult.
I'm allowed to be independent.
I am allowed to need.
And I'm allowed to add to this list.
Is there something getting in the way of you allowing yourself to just be?
I encourage you right now to free yourself. Free yourself of any standards, limitations, or expectations that are not of God. You're made in His image, and He loves you for who you are.
Allow yourself to be who and how He made you.