Be Free to be YOU
I’ve talked about this before on my Instagram, but I wanted to expand more on it because it’s so important that you be YOURSELF.
Last month, I attended an encounter retreat and was completely shifted. It was absolutely amazing! During that time, the Lord revealed to me that my spirit felt so free during that time and that I should always feel this way. I should always feel free to be myself. I had to go to Him in prayer and ask Him to reveal in what areas was I holding back who I really was. He began to show me certain situations where I haven’t fully been myself.
There were two main areas in my life:
1) My Relationships (certain family members/friends):
God has been doing a new work in me and I have changed from who I used to be. Honestly, I didn’t want to fully open up about my faith to certain people because I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable around me. (Especially my unsaved family members or friends I had for years) There were times where I didn’t want to seem “too preachy” or “too holy”. It was like I felt bad for evolving and I didn't want them to think I had changed or was different... But I am different. I changed for the better because I gave my life completely to Christ.
What I learned:
There is ABSOLUTELY no need to change in order to make others feel comfortable, even if they are people you are close with. You shouldn't compromise yourself for others to accept you. Some people aren’t going to understand you, and you may lose friends because of it. (I see this happening in my life now) As sad as it may be, you can’t afford to not be who you are! No friendship/ relationship is worth compromising yourself (or your values) over. If they love you enough, they will accept and understand why you are changing and it may influence them to change as well. Understand who you live for and embrace being set apart. You can be free from the opinions of your peers by praying to seek God’s approval above anyone else’s.
2) My Blogging:
The past few months, I started to feel unsure about what I was doing or what my style was. I started to get discouraged because I felt like my words weren’t good enough. It may sound dumb, but I didn’t feel as anointed as my peers. I started to think of ways that I could change my flow of writing or Instagram to fit in more with the other Christian bloggers. I started to lose sight of what exactly MY style was and how He wanted me to do it. I had to do a heart check and get back to the place of why I started doing this in the first place: to help encourage others to live fully for God. Not for keeping up with my posting schedule, trying to please others, or have more likes/follows.
What I learned:
How I choose to write may be different from what I am used to seeing, but that’s how God called me to do it. I don’t have to shift my identity. I don’t have to be like everyone else. As long as I am being transparent and allowing God's words to flow through me, I don’t have to compare my works to others. We all have different gifts and use them differently, but they should all bring glory to Him. It’s so easy to get focused on things that don’t matter, but never forget who you are and who you live for! You don’t do things the way others do it, and that’s okay! That’s what makes you different. Be free to be who God has made you to be.
Amaiya K ♡
"What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?" Luke 9:25
"Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ." Galatians 1:10