In her introduction to You’re Already Amazing: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be, Holley Gerth invites me to pull up a chair so she can share a secret with me. It is a secret so profound, that when I read it, I exhale deeply and my whole body relaxes. “You don’t have to be more, do more, have more.”
My whole life I’ve struggled to feel like I’m enough – Smart enough. Articulate enough. Funny enough. Sweet enough. Attractive enough. Strong enough. Brown enough. Bilingual enough. Ethnic enough. Enough for you to accept me into your circle. Enough for me to feel like I belong. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve experienced a great deal of freedom in these areas. But every now and then a small voice will hiss, asking me, “Are you sure you’re ______ enough?”
Just when that doubt starts creeping in, Holley speaks encouraging, empowering truth over me – “You’re a daughter of God, a holy princess, a woman created with strengths you’ve yet to fully grasp and a story that’s still being written by the divine Author himself.” Whoa. I believe I am a daughter of God. So much so that it’s the first thing I write in any “about me” space of social media. And I know my story is still being written because, well, I’m still here. But a holy princess? The mom of three boys who is ecstatic to get a shower before supper? The wife who does her best but can’t seem to keep both the kitchen table and counters clean at the same time? I have strengths I have yet to fully grasp? I’m praying they include time management, staying organized, and budgeting.
But here’s where Holley had me hooked, eager to read more – “And if you really take hold of who you are and what you’re called to do, there will be no stopping you. That’s because there’s no stopping him in you – and he’s got bigger plans for your life than you’ve even imagined.” This quote ignites a fire in me because I know this season of my life is boot camp – preparing me for God’s next assignment for me, for what I’m called to do. But there’s a lot of fear involved in knowing that this season will end. There’s safety sticking around boot camp and not having to go into battle. But the second sentence of the quote has me wanting to suit up and fight because it’s my life verse: With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20 NCV)
Whether you’ve read the book before or not, I hope that you’ll join me every Monday to recap each chapter and share what it means in real life to embrace who we are and trusting God to mold us into who He created us to be.