Hey hey hey!
You did not find God, God found you.
We did not find God, God found us.
Somehow we begin to believe that our works matter. That God loves us as long as we’re good!
But think about it this way- does God love you more now, than when you just got born again?
It seems as we grow spiritually, we begin to become really hard on ourselves and set targets that we hope will make God smile at our report cards; but God is not our earthly Parent.
Think about it, why are you going after those dreams, goals and aspirations?
Is it really because of God or because you want people to see and accept you.
Remember, when you just got born again, hadn’t been paying your tithes (I actually argued that topic in my believers class in the Redeem family I’ve been planted in Ghana), weren’t a giver, gossiped, held malice, etc…
Now that you’ve grown from that stage, does it mean that God now loves you more?
Does He love this new version of you more than the old struggling one?
Sweetheart, maybe you need to go and digest Romans 8 again.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God doesn’t love you for what you’re capable of, but inspite of what you’re capable of.
Plus, while we were yet sinners, baba God ALREADY loved us wholly!
It’s unexplainable. Honestly.
But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Don’t get me wrong, as believers we must go after everything God has placed in our hearts with ruthless execution. No kidding.
Don’t just let your God dreams lie fallow while you expect God to come down from on high to execute them Himself.
However, I felt led to write this as a reminder to you- YOU ARE ENOUGH!
You can be and do better, but God loves you right this moment. Trust me.
Some of us have big dreams and goals only because we want to validate that we made it.
Maybe your parents said you’d never amount to anything, so you’re trying to do everything in your power to “show them.”
Or maybe your friends seem to be doing better than you, so you trying hard to meet up.
Or may it be that you were never the brightest student, so you want your former classmates to realize that you still made it.
All these don’t really matter.
Nothing really matters except you’re doing it to please God, not man.
For sometime now, I’ve heard that I’m harsh, strict and seem hard to talk and relate with.
One day we were gisting and a friend talked about how she didn’t want me to send a mail to someone because I will be harsh with my words. She now started laughing and said “or don’t you know you’re harsher than me?”
I got really defensive and asked how.
Let’s just say I wasn’t in the mood to gist after that statement.
It wasn’t the first time I was hearing it and sometimes I know that I need to reduce how straight forward I am. Lol.
But, I started to feel unworthy.
I started feeling like I needed to make people see that I was nice and relatable.
I started silently wishing my personality was different.
Stay with me here…
Ok, so last week God asked me to apologize to a friend who I had wronged and when I did, I was shocked with her comment.
I only wanted to apologize and move on, but didn’t know God would have a message for me from her.
She told me how she actually was hurt because of what I did, but was thankful for our friendship. She said something like- “You wouldn’t be Bolaji if you were different.”
I’ve still not forgotten about that conversation. I told her I was really thankful for her comment because I had been feeling really bad that I needed to change everything that’s not perfect about me.
But, have you ever really thought about it that way too-
You wouldn’t be Tanitoluwa if you were different.
Neither will you be Rachel if you had come with another personality.
Christy would not be same if she suddenly changed.
Frances is Frances because she has been crafted differently.
All of us can’t be the same, so no need to make people like you or your achievements.
You are enough!
We can let God work on us as He disciplines and changes us; but Joyce Meyer remains Joyce Meyer because of who she is.
Don’t try to change or be great because you want people to “finally see” that you’re worth it.
Baby, you’re worth it even right now, with all your imperfections!
You’re worth the blood of the Lamb and the roar of the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
Only be great because God has already put greatness inside of you.
Be great because your maker is great.
Hmmm, my heart was doing somehow somehow while I wrote this. Lol.
I can’t explain it, but this post has helped me too. I shouldn’t go round trying to make people accept me.
I am enough!
Not perfect, but enough!
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Plus, catch yourself when you begin to please people so that they can accept you. Then silently say, Bolaji (Put your name), you are enough!
This marks the end of our dreams, goals and aspiration theme on Blossom with Bolaji (BWB).
Next month will be different.
Oh, this Friday is the last this month, so we’re hosting another friend on Writer’s Connect! Can’t wait!