I hear it so often, usually after speaking engagements or in casual, everyday conversations.
“I just don’t know who I am anymore,” she quietly admits as she tucks her hair behind an ear.
“I’m a mom and a wife and a part-time employee, yeah,” she adds. “But I don’t know if that makes me who I am.”
And I so get this because I’ve felt it, too. I’m guessing you know what I’m talking about.
It’s so hard to know who you are if you don’t know whose you are.
It’s so hard to know what you stand for when you don’t fully understand who stands for you.
It’s so hard to know your passion when you don’t understand how passionate He is for you.
But the truth is . . . You are His. He will fight for you. And He loves you with a passion you can’t even fathom.
In You’re Already Amazing: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be by Holley Gerth, the first two chapters are about realizing who God created you to be and what He wants you to do to serve Him.
If we don’t know who we are – what we’re passionate about, what skills we possess and what population we would like to serve, then it’s difficult to know what to say “yes” to and what to say “no” to, isn’t it? I think this is one of the main reasons we all find ourselves spread a little too thin – we say “yes” to things that aren’t in alignment with our purpose then find ourselves with too little time and energy to pour-in to our passion.
Holley encourages us to select three strengths from an abundant list found in Chapter Two then asks us to identify our skills from another list. Lastly, she asks us to think about the population that energizes us, the group of people who makes our heart quicken, the ones that touch our heart.
As she states on page 38, “You’re strengths + your skills + who you’re called to serve = you making a difference in the world in your own amazing way.”
Yes, it’s really that simple. But sometimes the easiest stuff can be the hardest stuff.
“I think the enemy tricks us into believing we are not enough because he knows if we discover the truth, we’ll be unstoppable” Holley adds (p. 39)
Yes. You will be unstoppable, my friend.
So for this week’s book club discussion, please answer at least one of the following questions in the comment section… And don’t forget – our first group chat will be on Thursday night at 9 p.m. EST on Facebook – it’s not too late to join us! Click this link to request to be added to the group and you’re in, my friend…
1. The “it girl” is thought of as a woman everyone wants to be like in our culture. Do you ever feel pressure to be like women in the media? Share one example.
2. In contrast, through Scripture God says you’re an “is girl.” He looks at you and says “She is ________.” Fill in the blank with a few of the words your heart most needs to hear today. For example, “She is loved.”
3. What three strengths did you select and what three skills do you possess?
4. Was there anything else that stood-out to you in Chapters One and Two?