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    Why it’s Important to Be YOU No Matter What!

    When I was in junior high and high school, I had a hard time just being myself. I’m sort of what people might call a “nerd”. I’m smart — which wasn’t cool at all when I was young. I was loud (I tell things like they are), emotional and super clumsy. I liked video games and sci-fi and I would rather read books than watch movies. The biggest “nerd” thing of all was that I loved Shakespeare! My aunt bought me my first book of Shakespeare’s plays when I was 10 years old. I don’t have to tell you — I felt like no one understood me and I had very few friends.

    I struggled with being myself – who God made me to be – for a long time which continued for years after I graduated from high school. I used to wonder why I didn’t fit in and why I was the way I was. I learned, though, that God made me special. God made me this way with special gifts and talents for His purpose.

    The struggle with being “you” doesn’t end after high school. I still struggle with the way that God made me sometimes. I even compare myself to other people, wondering if I should be sweeter, quieter or more girly. Should I wear dresses more? Should I enjoy video games less?

    No — that’s God’s answer from Psalm 33:13-15:

    The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons [and daughters] of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.

    If you are:

    • Nerdy
    • Shy
    • Emotional
    • Girly
    • Athletic
    • Clumsy

    …the list goes on.

    Whatever your ‘label’ may be, God made you that way on purpose for a purpose. Don’t try to run or hide from who you’re “individually fashioned” to be. Celebrate your individuality!

    Romans 12:6-8 – In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.

    If God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you’re a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If your gift is to be giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Whatever your gift(s) may be, use them well.

    How did God fashion your heart? What makes you an individual?

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    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

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