Inside each and every one of us is a wonderful person the world is desperately wanting to know. Every day all around us are people that have incredible talents and gifts that often go completely unseen and unknown, and the world is worse off for it. So much potential that goes unused and unnoticed.
The world doesn’t need more carbon copies of others. It doesn’t matter if they were the greatest person around. What the world needs is people who are willing to be authentic, and allow their potential to be lived fully. This comes by knowing yourself, your limitations, your talents and giftings and being secure enough in who you are that there is no need to “fit another mold”. We were created unique and special. Every person born is important and has a wonderful potential. There has been and never will be another you, and if your life goes unlived because you were trying your best to fit in or measure up the world will have lost a great treasure.
Coming to know yourself is a journey. It isn’t something that happens overnight. In fact because we are developing and growing it is a journey that is continually ongoing. Everyone of us needs to be going on that journey. This is done with a lot of soul-searching, and thought spent deciding why we do things, what we love to do, what we are passionate about. It involves analyzing motives to understand the reasons for behaviors we have. Many of our behaviors are a result of our childhood, and often they are self-protection mechanisms that have completely outlived their usefulness and are now just keeping us from become ourselves.
This journey isn’t easy at times. In fact it can be painful as we come to understand things about ourselves that we won’t necessarily like. But the rewards for going on the journey exponentially exceed any discomfort we may go through. The world around us needs people who know who they are. There are a lot of people compensating, calculating and even being like a chameleon and changing themselves to fit the expectations of those they relate to. Very few people are truly self-aware and confident in who they are and what they are gifted to do.
So it is an important journey for all of us. The big thing is that we need to enjoy the journey. Every journey we take in life has its ups and downs. The car breaks down, tires go flat, engines overheat, flights are delayed or cancelled, traffic jams cause us to be late. Everywhere we turn there will always be joyous highs and heart breaking lows. Unfortunately it is a fact of life.
But even with the lows and high the journey can be worth while and very memorable. I recently traveled to Turkey and Armenia, and there were difficulties and frustrations. There were highs and lows, but the memories will stay with me for a life time. It is the same when we journey to knowing ourselves. The journey was meant to be enjoyed. It will be hard at times, definitely life changing, and an incredible release of burdens we hang on to, and passions we have bottled up. We are all worth knowing. That is the way God created us. But to be known we have to know. I need to know myself so I can share myself with the world I live in. If you haven’t started your journey, it is never ever to late. Every journey begins with a single step. Just enjoy the journey and see where it takes you.