To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. -e. e. cummings
In this society of do's and don'ts everyone has an opinion on what you're supposed to look like, think like, dress, like and eat like. There are set parameters for every industry, profession, race, religion, and individual. Expectations are placed upon us from the moment of conception. Your parents derive in their minds what type of life they want you to live and what's acceptable or not.
Friends place boundaries and restrictions on the rules that allow them to be your friend, or deem you socially acceptable or not. The job and even the church places regulations on the type and style of clothing and hairstyles that are acceptable or not. Of course, the media always depicts what is defined as beautiful, acceptable, and graceful.
From the moment most young ladies become pre-teens to teenagers we strive to conform to society's ideals, because we want to be accepted. We want to fit in with the norm and not be frowned upon as the outcast. If we're not grounded and comfortable in our own skin, it becomes easy to lose who we are.
This past Sunday, my First Lady expressed the expectations placed upon her as the First Lady of a church, and the pressures that came along with it. She also talked about deliverance from that oppression and turning it over to the Lord, as the only One we should be striving to please.
Perhaps, my husband said it best when he expressed to my daughter later that same day, "If you're always faking to be someone else, you'll eventually lose yourself. Keep it real. -Marvin Ramsey, Sr."
When we take off the restraints of trying to live up to the expectations of others, we're finally free to be who we were designed to be. There's nothing more freeing than loving yourself for who you are, walking in your own skin, and not being weighed down by the opinion of others. Regardless if you try to please others or not, they're going to talk about you anyway. My mother often said when I was a child, "Don't worry about what people say, they talked about Jesus Christ!"
So you might as well do you! It is a constant battle to be you and not conform to the expectations of others. But one well worth the fight. Live your life and walk in the uniqueness that the Lord Almighty crafted you to be. Your trial won't feel like someone else's trial; your journey won't take the same path as someone else's journey; and your anointing won't have the same light as someone else's. That's the beauty of you!
He exclusively made your walk, your journey, your gift, your anointing to be all your own. It's designed to heal some, encourage others, free another, but above all it's designed for you and you alone to walk in it. Don't be restricted, weighed down, oppressed, shackled and bound by someone else's expectations. Free your mind, be delivered, grasp your healing, and walk in the victory He has planned for you (INSERT YOUR NAME HERE)!
YES! It's been another Motivational Monday Moment and I want you to walk free, whole, heal, delivered, and empowered this week in your anointed and victorious life. For you will overcome!
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