The Real Me

Stephanie Raquel  —  November 21, 2013 — 2 Comments

Nelson Mandela Quote

As I looked at the topics for today’s Blog Hop with Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies, I have to admit I didn’t want to “go there.”

Despite many years of discovery and understanding more of who I am in God’s eyes, acknowledging my strengths, weaknesses and inherent personality blend, I didn’t want to open up and share about it here.  I would LOVE, love, love to read about others’ strengths, but me?  Really?  Who honestly cares??

And then it dawned on me, that is the very title of Chapter 8 in A Confident Heart.  Renee Swope aptly titled it, “When God Whispers, ‘I Have Nothing Special to Offer.'”  Uhm, hello?!

Oh, the enemy is fierce with us in this area!!

Far, far easier to dwell on things I don’t do well than to embrace my God-given strengths and put them into practice.

Because when I learn what my strengths are, it holds me accountable to actually use them.

Two verses come to mind here.

“Remember, too, that knowing what is right to do and then not doing it is sin.” (James 4:17)

“Sooner or later we’ll all have to face God, regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what’s coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10)

And I’m pretty sure the enemy is fully aware of these truths.

For the most part, I do believe I have used my gifts and talents for the Lord.  But it’s really a challenge to discuss that “out in the open.”  It feels prideful and brazen and all sorts of words that aren’t generally categorized as “holy” or even “good.”

But that’s the thing.

I didn’t make those strengths happen all on my own.  God did that.  Psalm 139:1 tells us God knows EVERYthing about us, and has since we were in the womb.

So today I am hear to share more about “the real me.”  Do I have anything special to offer?  #YesIDo!  =)

The real me is honest, loyal, caring, compassionate.  The real me has been blessed with spiritual gifts of exhortation, leadership, wisdom, discernment and intercessory prayer.  The real me has a personality blend that can lead well under pressure or in a crisis.  I love people and can bring FUN to the party.  I’m reliable and friendly, relational and assertive.

The real me is made in the image of God, a masterpiece created in Christ Jesus to do great works.  (Ephesians 2:10).

Oh, Father God, help me to embrace “the real me” so that I might accomplish all that You have for me to do here on this planet.  Help me not to let one single talent go unused.  Help me to further develop the areas where I am strong, and to entrust reliable people in the areas where I am weak.  May it all be for Your good and Your glory, Lord, and last far beyond my days on earth.  In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

What about you?  Anybody else struggle with embracing their God-given talents and abilities?  How do you handle that?  I’d love to hear your thoughts, below!

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Stephanie Raquel

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  1. Ohhh–I loved this today!! As I said earlier on FB, it is so easy for the enemy to force us into self focus and try to dim the light that he sure can’t snuff out. To focus on our weaknesses instead of walking in our gifts, which we received when we received the Spirit, to edify the body and ultimately, glorify God!

    Jennifer N
    OBS Core/Teaching Team

  2. A masterpiece, indeed, Stephanie! I am so thankful for your perspective and the reminder that anytime we accomplish great things, and we ALL do, it’s because “God did that!”. Amen!

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