Disclosure: It’s Tuesday. As a mom of three boys, my day doesn’t always go as planned. At 10:30 last night I had a decision to make: Type up my “You’re Already Amazing” Chapter 1 response or work out. Since I had to take off several days from my exercise program due to injury, I decided to go with the latter.
Let me just say that I love Holley Gerth’s writing style. I really do feel like we’re just hanging out over some coffee – or in my case, smoothies. It turns out the secret she told us in the Introduction has a second part to it – the explanation. We don’t have to be more, do more, or have more, because we’re amazing. What follows this revelation has to be my favorite part of this chapter, an awesome declaration:
“You’re enough. You’re beautiful. You’re wanted. You’re chosen. You’re called. You’ve got what it takes…not just to survive but to change the world.”
As soon as I read those words I started coming up with imaginative ways to carry them with me. Too many words for a tattoo, even if I dropped all the “You’re”s. Besides, I’m allergic. Then I thought about using that program that takes words and overlays them in different shades of the same color and making a shirt. Although I may still do that, that isn’t very permanent. And before I could seriously consider having jewelry made with the words, I climbed out of the ADD rabbit hole to finish reading the chapter.
Gerth goes on to explain the difference between being an “It Girl” and an “Is Girl”. An “It Girl” is defined by the world’s ever changing values and fads, while an “Is Girl” has her identity grounded in who God created and called her to be. I’ve tried being an “It Girl” with little success. Even when I met some standard of fitness or beauty, there was always a higher degree to strive for. It was exhausting. And don’t get me started on the “It Girl” version of motherhood. Talk about exhausting. Thanks Pinterest. Thanks a lot.
As an “Is Girl” I just have to be me, right where I am in life, exactly as I am. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an easy calling. Daily I have to battle doubt and insecurities. But it’s not nearly as taxing as striving to be an “It Girl”. Why? Because to be an “Is Girl” requires me to draw on the strength and power God gives me, not my own. Again, this isn’t always easy. The world tells women, especially moms, that we can do it all and have it all, if we just _____ (you fill in the blank). It’s tempting to operate in my own strength and tell God “I’ve got this”. Although I still do this, I don’t try to go it alone for such long stretches of time anymore. I get exhausted much quicker now. I’m not sure if it’s wisdom or just aging.
Gerth closes the chapter by sharing that we are never too broken to be used by God. She relays the story of a friend’s tragic loss, and how God told her that it’s through our brokenness that He shines to those around us. Through our brokenness we can bless others. I’m not a fan of being broken, but it’s awesome when I can connect with another woman, believer or not, over shared brokenness and assure her that God is working in the situation.
Have you already read the book, or are you reading along with us? What word do you most need to hear and believe in the “You’re _____” statements? Is there a particular trend or fad right now that you feel pressured to keep up with?