”So much of becoming who our Creator made us to be begins when we recognize that all that we have is given not gotten. Gratitude and humility before Christ ignites creativity because we don’t have to prove how amazing we are in the light of how amazing He IS.
We don’t have to be impressive…just impressions of Christ.” (www.gracelaced.com)
When I first skimmed by that last statement in the quote I read it a little differently. Here’s what my eyes originally saw: “We don’t have to impress… just be impressions of Christ.” Either way, I liked both sentiments!
But I did wonder why my mind processed the statement the way it did. Was there significance in this? I think part of it might be that I don’t see myself as being impressive to others by any means but on the other hand I often do want to impress them. This is where my people-pleasing tendencies and my desire to live up to other’s expectations of me come out.
Yet, what stood out to me the most in all of this was that I have realized over the years the folly of such a way of living. I can’t please everyone all of the time and I will drive myself bonkers trying to constantly discern what other’s expectations are for me. Neither of these are healthy ways to live or, as the quote also alludes to, the way God intends for me to live.
So how does God intend for me to live in this area? A verse I have memorized from Philippians comes to mind:
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:5-8)
According to this verse it is not about impressing others or even being impressive at all. The way we best become impressions of Christ in our lives is to think of ourselves less and think about God more. What I mean by this is as we relate to others we need to live out of a place of humility but also confidence in knowing what God created us for.
That idea reminds me of something from the quote at the beginning of this post: “Gratitude and humility before Christ ignites creativity because we don’t have to prove how amazing we are in the light of how amazing He IS.”
Jesus didn’t feel He had to prove anything or impress anyone with the way He lived out His life here on earth. Jesus simply lived out the life God called Him to. I would do well to take my cue from His life.
“So, friend, don’t waste your day…
replicating what someone else has composed,
wishing you could be as creative as another,
chasing a viewpoint that is not your own,
dancing to another’s playlist,
or groaning when someone else tells their story beautifully.
There’s room for you to be YOU…and you’re the only one who can tell your story.” (www,gracelaced.com)
This is so good for me to hear and take to heart as I seek to be the person which God has created me to be – an impression of Christ that is uniquely me. And maybe you can do the same!