When were you last called a gift from God? When you were born? How about lately? Do you see yourself still as a gift and if not why?
One reason you may not see yourself as a gift any longer is because you have too much of your value wrapped up in what others think of you or how they respond to you.
As a former people pleaser, I am very familiar with this concept.
If you didn’t like me, I wanted to know why.
If you didn’t buy from me, I was crushed.
If you didn’t invite me, I was devastated.
If you didn’t accept me, I just couldn’t understand.
Was there something wrong with me? The issue was that I didn’t know who created my value therefore others held onto my value, worth and power.
Your value comes from the One that created you. God made you to be a gift to your parents and to the world as you were created for a purpose.
1Thes. 2:4 Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.
Your worth again is from the One inside of you. You are worth more than gold to God so let’s choose to represent who we are to Him to this world. If you are worth more than gold, than it really won’t matter whether so-so purchases your product or comes to your event because you know whose you are, whom you belong to and how much you are worth.
Your power is not from you but from the Holy Spirit. We give that power away so often when we focus our hearts and minds on what others are saying or thinking. We like to make up stories. Ones that put us at the center of everyone’s world. Do you really think you are that important that people are focusing on all that you are or aren’t doing all day long? Well, I’ll tell you the truth they aren’t so STOP thinking about it and take back the power within you so God can use it for good.
10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10
A quick analogy you can use when you get stuck in this thinking is think about a 5 pack of gum.
You have 5 pieces of gum and you have 5 friends. You offer a piece to the first person and they gladly take it. Then you offer another stick of gum to the second person and they take it but put it in their purse for later. Another friend you offer says I don’t like that kind of gum while the last two friends just say NO.
Now is any of that personal? Do they really not want your gum (or whatever else you are offering) because it’s coming from YOU? Whether it is or not, it doesn’t really matter. You offered and if they wanted it great! If they didn’t, NEXT!
We aren’t meant to be friends with everyone or have everyone as our clients. I truly believe that God has already pre-determined the lives I will have the opportunity to influence in His abundant world. Competition is nonexistent if your mindset is so. We are here to compliment and be a gift to one another.
When you decide to accept that you are a gift and what you have to offer is not for everyone then you will start living in real sense of peace and freedom.
This freedom allows you to be all that He created you to be and to gift yourself back to the One that made you. My life is not my own Michelle
Why are you not living as though you are still a gift from God? Why else do you think we forget? Please share your comments above.
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- How to be Free from Comparison by Michelle D. Howe (iwokeupyesterday.com)
- I Desire to be a Mechanism for His Miracles, by Michelle D. Howe (iwokeupyesterday.com)