When I began long distance running, I fell into the trap years ago, one we ladies tend to do, of thinking I needed to look a certain way, like someone else. I thought I needed to look more tom-boyish, I needed short hair, I needed to be thinner, faster, longer-legged, blah-diddy-blah-blah-blah. That was 20 years ago; grasshopper has learned much since. I have different facets that illuminate throughout the day. Like language, I am not static. Lol...and it feels so wonderful to organically and seamlessly move in and out of different roles because they all work together to create inner beauty, outer beauty, purpose, wisdom, discernment, joy, growth, love, strength, etc. My life became much more beautifully fluid when I began to know and discern my value through Christ, not through this crazy, noisy, chaotic, albeit beautiful, messed up world. I learned if I want to learn well and learn it solidly, I go to the Perfect Source. I don't test friends and family who have their own issues. How could I expect them to straighten out mine? Sure, wise counsel is crucial, but I'm ultimately called to take issues to Him. Who else can set me right than the very One who designed me? And He will put into place people for good counsel, not people for good gossip. And He promises to teach me in a way instructed for me only. Yes, I'm on a highly individualized plan just for me. This is how I know that someone else's light never dims my own, that together we create greater light. I am tough, I am tender, I am goofy, I am structured; I am so many beautiful components. I thank Him for teaching me self-love, so I can love all of me, not try to pull from what I am not. "I want to have in mind the things of God, not the things of man." Matthew 16:23b. Have a beautiful day.
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