Sunday, June 26, 2011

All I Have to Be

Driving to work the other day, one of my favorite songs came on. Amy Grant’s “All I Ever Have To Be”. It got me thinking.

Big G, Little G, and My G aren’t the only ones facing big changes in the upcoming years. My ultimate goal is to get my Masters’ Degree and career advancement, but in the meantime I am working on some other changes, internal and external.

Change, even those we create on purpose and with great intent, can sometimes make us doubt ourselves. We may wonder if the people we respect and admire (and even need) will like the changes. We may wonder if they will still like us.

If we are going through other changes or situations not of our making, it can create even more moments for doubt. We may feel like we are constantly being judged, or as though we are at a job interview or evaluation every day of our lives.

“Why did you do this?”

“How do you explain your worth?”

“For what purpose are you here?”

Those are big enough questions when we are asking them of ourselves, but they can be horribly intimidating if we feel as though other people are asking them too.

But you know what? It’s just like junior high. Most of the time, no one else is as concerned with you or your inner conflict as you are. This means that, with the support of good people and with resources you have hopefully built for yourself, you can go ahead and make those changes. If they don’t work out, or you don’t feel comfortable, that is okay. Life is all about change. Even if it’s scary, it can bring about amazing things.

What’s more, we are all created to be amazing.

Ephesians 2:10 and Psalm 139:13

So when our steps falter, or when we don’t feel like we’re living up to what we want to be, remember that God made us all. Even in the midst of tremendous change that may feel like it’s too much to ask of ourselves, remember God knows who we are and what we were made to do.

Amy Grant: All I Ever Have To Be
When the weight of all my dreams
Is resting heavy on my head,
And the thoughtful words of health and hope
Have all been nicely said.

But I'm still hurting,
Wondering if I'll ever be
The one I think I am.

I think I am.

Then you gently re-remind me
That you've made me from the first,
And the more I try to be the best
The more I get the worst.

And I realize the good in me,
Is only there because of who you are.

Who you are...

And all I ever have to be
Is what you've made me.
Any more or less would be a step
Out of your plan.

As you daily recreate me,
Help me always keep in mind
That I only have to do
What I can find.

And all I ever have to be
All I have to be
All I ever have to be
Is what you've made me.

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