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When I was younger I had the hardest time accepting myself for who I was. I was afraid of what others would think of me. After all I was totally different from everyone else. I didn’t like the things that were cool and I had totally different tastes when it came to everything else as well. So I did like any young girl would do….. I pretended. I gave everyone around me a false impression of who I was because we all know what happens to those who dare to be different. They end up friendless.
When I got married the trend continued. I tried so hard to be a cookie cutter wife. One who did everything by the book. Only to learn that well my husband didn’t want a cookie-cutter wife. Nope, he wanted the hot mess he married. Yet, when I heard other married women talking about their lives I couldn’t help but think that I was doing everything wrong.
The problem with this was that I was providing people with false information about myself. Ultimately I was lying to the world. There was a bigger problem, though….I hadn’t accepted myself.….. Until I had truly accepted myself for who and what I was I was of no good to God. I was unable to reach people for Him because I was trying to control my own testimony.
An honest witness tells the truth,
but a false witness tells lies. Proverbs 12:17
I was being a false witness!! Until we ourselves accept the fact that we are flawed, that we are different and that we are not what people always want we are being a false witness. Because this, in turn, means that we are going to try to conform to what we think the world wants to see. This was very hard for me to admit to others that I am in fact different than most. Yet, until I came to terms with it I was trying to live a lie.
We as women are under some sort of impression that we must be perfect. We must make the world think that we have everything completely under control. However, this is not what God wants. He wants us to show our flaws. This allows others to see that even they can be accepted by God. It allows Him to change us and to let others see the changes being made.
I urge you to join me in allowing the world to accept you for who you are. It is far too lonely trying to be something that you are not.
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