Be Yourself!

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There are numerous different flowers in world and not one of them are the same. They each give off a different scent, but all of them are truly beautiful! I always found sunflowers to be beautiful and adorable. I also think the many different colored roses are truly fascinating. In fact, there are a total of 52 species of sunflowers and over 100 species of roses out there, image that!

Each flower has its own color, petal, and unique plant stem shape. No one flower is the same and each flower is categorized by specific species. Isn’t that amazing?   The more I become involved in my photography adventure, the more new discoveries I make. Photography gives me a new great appreciation for God’s beautiful masterpiece.

So why am I talking about flowers? In my previous article, Your Life Is Like A Garden I talked about the importance of keeping your garden well tended and that will keep it beautiful. A garden is a great example of how your life should be.

Colored-Roses

Now let’s talk about your garden. Your garden represents who you are! God created each of you to be so unique so none of us have the same identity. However one thing we do all share, the one thing we all have in common is, we are one in Christ!

Let me share a verse from the apostle Paul discussing the body of Christ:

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 (NLT)

This verse is a perfect example of the recovery process. In recovery, we begin to discover something new in our life, our amazing talents. We are able to give new breath to these talents which can lead us on a new path in life.

But what can our talents contribute to others?

As for myself, a motivated writer, I wanted to write about the importance of being free in Christ. Yet, I would like to emphasize that this all starts with a journey of inner healing.

I am also avid photographer. I choose to be a witness for God by showing people God’s beautiful creation. I was recently approached by some people who deeply appreciated my photography work. They even said they envied my talent as photographer.

So I thought, “What can I do for them? So I simply offered them my encouragement and advice in seeking their own true talent where they can contribute to others for their living benefit!

So I am just a flower in beautiful garden, surrounded by other beautiful flowers. This garden is my true inner circle of my family and close friends.   I know where to go in this garden to access my support system. And when I leave my garden and I go to another destination, I look for where I can I contribute my experiences, wisdom and knowledge to other people’s garden. I look to help tend others gardens even if I don’t belong to this garden.

From time to time, I was always like to remind my close friends what they have all told me before;“be yourself!”

I can see my talents blossoming as I receive more encouragement and advice. This motivates me, because I feel since people believe in me, I should believe in myself.

It is no wonder apostle Paul emphasized true identity in his words He said:

For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. ~ Galatians 6:3 (ESV)

How true! We need to stop trying to copy or envy someone when they are expressing their talent. We need to remember it takes time to develop and understand our own identity. Our gifts will be revealed in God’s time.

 

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