Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Dare to Be YOU

The other day I was considering my life in the moment. Isn't it funny how we go through seasons and stages and up and downs and failures and successes and sometimes never learn what God is trying to teach us?

Rarely satisfied and often discontented, we are unable to live our lives fully and take advantage of opportunities right in the palm of our hands. We compare ourselves to other people and yearn for what we don't have.

Yes, I do that sometimes.

We can get so caught up in who we are NOT that we forget who we ARE.

We can spend so much time thinking about what we DON'T have that we forget what we DO have..

I read this quote this morning:

"Most successful men have not achieved their distinction by having some new talent or opportunity presented to them. They have developed the opportunity that was at hand." ~Bruce Barton

What opportunities has God laid before you?

What are you holding in your hand, refusing to release?

Honor God today by using the gifts and talents you already have.

"We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us..." Romans 12:6a

Don't long to be like someone else, dare to be who God created YOU to be!

I'm rootin' for ya, sisters (and brothers)! But more than that, God is cheering you on!

And remember, God is always speaking. But if we are not listening, we won't hear Him. Position yourselves to hear from the King of Kings today! He longs to tell you great things!

Really, He does. :)

"Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
- Jeremiah 33:3

Photo credit: Ian Burt - Flickr Creative Commons

9 friends had this to say:

AmyAlves said...

Hi Sister Shelly!
I love how you used the word, "position" ourselves to hear from God today! Yes, I think I'll go do that right now... just be quiet before Him. He is so good to us! Thank you for sharing girl! -Blessings, Amy

Jean Wise said...

Great quotes and good words today. I know so often I get caught up in wanting to do grand things when my mission is right in front of me. Loving the person right in front of my face, being present to them is my calling. Thanks for the reminder.

Marg said...

For about the THIRD time is morning the word "listen" has been put before me. I hope He can get through with all the stuff that goes on in my head. Listen. Pretty big word!


Kathryn Ross said...

A timely word of encouragement to me today, milady! Thank you so much for posting . . .

Kim @ Homesteader's Heart said...

Beautiful post. I determined a long time ago that the Lord broke the mold when He made me. LOL!

Have a blessed day.

Rebecca said... I went for my walk this morning, God revealed a situation in which I have not truly given is something that cuts deep...and I try and try and then bury it...only to face it again. thank you for this....will you pray for me?

Sherri said...

I love this!!!
I am a BIG believer in shining where your at!

Shelly said...

Amy, In the busyness my day usually brings, I often have to be reminded to quiet my soul and position myself to hear Him. Praying you hear Him whisper your name today...

Jean..Thank you, friend. That is a trap we all face, for sure...getting caught up in our own desires and needs that we forget the One who completes us. Praying you are overwhelmed with His love today...

Marg...I love how God is very persistent when He wants our attention! Praying your ears are tuned to the Master's voice today! :)

Shelly said...

Kathryn...Thanks for stopping by today. Praying you are encouraged and strengthened for your journey!

Kim...It is life-changing when we realize we are as He created us and don't have to conform or strive to be like any other! Blessings to you today, my new friend :)

Rebecca...I count it an honor to pray for you this morning, sweet friend. Praying the God of mercy and love would overwhelm you with His goodness today and do in His strength what you cannot do in your own.

Sherri...Good morning! :) Shine on, sister! Shine on! Praying blessing and joy for you today! :)