Emma Rose Taylor
Child of God and Life-Long servant
I have never been labeled as the “pretty girl,” the “skinny girl,” or the “athletic girl.” For the longest time those titles consumed me and to be honest, they occasionally still do. I have spent my entire life trying to meet the expectations that those around me have relentlessly thrown my direction, failing every single time.
Social media tells me that I should either be a size 2 or super curvy, I resemble more of a chubby rectangle, so I don’t feel like I fit in anywhere. My various school experiences have taught me that Math, English, and Science were the most important subjects, but I’m creative, so I struggled to find my place. Society tells me that I need to make a lot of money and go to college to be successful, but I want to work in the educational field, one of the lowest-paid careers. Am I not choosing the right one? Occasionally, Satan screams in my ear, telling me that I need to fit in and be like everyone else to be happy, but God whispers that my uniqueness has a purpose in his grand plan.
I often find that Satan screams and God whispers, and we have to really be listening to hear the truth. I think for some of us, it is easier to stop searching after hearing the scream. Why pray when the “answer” is so prominent in your head? But that’s just it; God desires for us to keep searching as he wants us to choose a life with him and not the other way around. God does not create mistakes, even the seemingly horrible situations you are in. God created us in His likeness, so every scar, flaw or quirk, is of him. God is the definition of a gentleman; he will never push himself on you the way Satan does. He chose you and is waiting patiently for you to choose him back.
God is truth and once we decide to take a step back, pray, and hand over the reins, God will provide a sense of direction, and we must have the courage to trust in him. God does not desire for us to be consumed with this world. While it is our home, the home is temporary, and Heaven is where our soul belongs.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
As Christians, we are called to different standards of behavior; standards that are not of this world. We are not called to be focused on our wealth and outwardly appearance but on our growing relationship with Christ. We are called to have the fruits of the Spirit and Christ in our hearts. We are walking testimonies of Christ’s love and each and every story is unique.
Every single person on this planet has a testimony as unique as their DNA. While the hills are high, the valleys remind us of where we were and where we are going. I struggle like all Christians to remind myself that I am created in the likeness of Christ. I must be kind because every negative thought or comment towards myself or others is an insult to our creator.
I have homework for you today. Write down three personal praises to God in thanks for your gifts, talents, and vast opportunities. These compliments must be purely internal and not based on wealth, status, or physical attributes. As for me, I find this task to be very difficult. Satan knows where his screams are heard the most, and I hear the screams when it comes to feeling worthless. Satan’s scream is different for everyone, but today pray, listen to God’s whispers and hear the truth.
Lord, I have been struggling to hear your voice. Satan’s screams have begun to overpower my heart and I desire for your whispers to be heard through the chaos. You are the bread of life and through you I become whole. I ask for healing, I seek the truth, and I am knocking for permission to enter under your roof. Hear my prayer Lord and reveal to me the gifts, talents, and unique qualities that you have provided me for the use in your kingdom. Amen.
My 3 Compliments:
1. I am a Child of God: I have been chosen by God and play a part in his grand plan.
2. I am full of life: I have energy, and I am able to show Christ’s love to all those I encounter.
3. I am selfless: I have been given the capacity to place others’ needs before my own and desire to make everyone feel significant.
You are enough. You are important. You are worthy. You are beautiful and handsome and desired. You matter to God, and you matter to all those around you. You are full of so many amazing gifts and talents. Do not let Satan’s screams tell you otherwise. Share the love God has given you with the world today. Spend some time in prayer. Who else in your life are you thankful for? For their gifts, talents and dedication to Christ? Physically write down three genuine compliments about someone else and hand your work to them.
Be salt and light in someone’s life today and remember: Take time to hear and trust in the whispers of God.
Go out into the world and do work for the kingdom of God!