With a new year approaching fast, we start to reflect on everything we got to accomplish and didn’t get accomplished this year. Some may have lost more than they gained. This season can bring on depression, feelings of loneliness and great sadness. We start to examine our finances, physical appearance, social interactions, and our spirituality. We begin to make plans to be a better version of ourselves in the New Year. With all this in mind, lets get to the reason of this blog post. This post is an introduction to a mini devotional series to prepare you for what God has in store for you.
A few weeks ago, I was studying God’s word, and I heard the words transparency and creativity in my spirit. I looked up the word transparent. If used as an adjective it means “allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen.” Some synonyms listed are clear, see-through, and translucent. I want to concentrate on this definition for a moment. When I first thought of this word, I thought about the image we see in the mirror. This image is what others around us see as well. It is our outward appearance to the world. We can transform this image to fit into different settings such as changing our clothes, makeup, the way we walk or talk, and facial expressions. Our phones have apps where you can photo shop something you don’t like about your image. On social media, we can paint this image of this happy, wonderful life by changing our statuses and posting images to give off a certain persona of ourselves. This is how the world views us. But if we revisit the definition of transparent…it says allowing light to pass through an object so that behind you can be distinctly seen. This mirror image that we paint for the world to see, does not fit this definition. The light projected through the mirror is blocked by your image. So therefore you aren’t transparent to the world.
Of course, we are transparent to ourselves. We know our inner thoughts. We know our inner secrets that no one else knows about us. But there is someone that can see right through you, even with all the disguises you may throw on outwardly. He knows you inside and out. He knows your every move before you even make it. But, we try so hard to dodge him and pretend he’s not there. That tugging in your spirit when you know you are doing something wrong. That’s him tapping you on your shoulder. He’s looking out for you when no one else is around. But, you continue to fight the feeling. GOD, I know you see me.
This season of transparency may make you feel uncomfortable at first. But he wants you and the people around you, to be able to see how only he can bring you out of certain situations. You can look at what all is going on in our government for example. The male politicians that thought they were untouchable…above the law, their deepest darkest secrets are coming to light. In order to become transparent, you have to face the inward you that everyone else can not see. You need to open yourself up to God, and stop trying to pretend he isn’t there. Make yourself vulnerable to him. Allow him to fill you up with his word. In order for you to be a better version of yourself, you have to allow the light to pass through you. You have to take down all the walls you have built around yourself. And, most importantly, know that you have a purpose.
I stated previously that we are getting ready to walk into a season of transparency and creativity. How many of you are just going through the motions everyday. The work you do is not fulfilling you. It is a struggle to get up and go to work in the morning because you know that this can’t possibly be life! The reason it is so important to become transparent, God has given you a purpose that he wants you to fulfill. We all have some type of calling on our lives. Take me for example, I have struggled for almost an entire year trying to figure out what did God want me to do. I walked away from a fulltime job and stepped out on faith, but I didn’t have a clue what it truly was he wanted me to do. I finally just asked him straight up, what is it? He simply replied, just write. I’m being obedient and doing what I’m supposed to be doing while you are reading this post. My husband’s natural gift is to cut hair, but while his clients sit in his chair, it is his job to give them a little word just to make their day go by a little better.
You hear about people leaving their 9 to 5 jobs and stepping out on faith everyday. He wants you to feel fulfilled. You may have a talent for painting, helping, crafting, or speaking….God wants to bless you. He wants to use your gift to spread his Love. Over the next few weeks, I will be writing a mini devotional series that will help you become the best version of yourself. It is my prayer that the words that I type, will take root and encourage you to be the person God designed you to be. I was going to wait until the new year, but it seems to be some urgency that I do this right now.
Your homework for the day is to write down a list of things that you have wanted to do but have not had the means to do it. Put this list somewhere that you will see it everyday.