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Let’s all be great

Lets all be great

I keep hearing this new buzzword: reinvent.

Everyone’s talking about how to reinvent yourself. Be reinvented.

What comes to mind when you hear this word?

If I’m honest, it’s irritating me.

Because there’s something implied in the word reinvent. As if what we currently are isn’t enough.

The definition itself means to remake or redo completely; to make as if for the first time.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished I was different. Prayed God would’ve made me greater. Stronger. Someone or something else.

A little more lighthearted. A little less affected. I longed for different experiences, roads not taken. Different strengths and far fewer weaknesses.

But God gives us people to teach us who we are. He gives us heartache to test where we’ve been.

I’ve had friends over my lifetime that have hurt me deeply and left me for naught. But I’ve had exceedingly more who have taught me what it means to be great.

I’ve had many angels who’ve come alongside me and ones I’m thankful to walk with daily, but my friends Kelly and Courtney brought me back to my faith.

It’s difficult to pinpoint what makes them so special, but they are bright lights in a dark world.

They don’t try to shine, they just do.

They don’t think twice about welcoming a new girl, a little rough around the edges, experimenting with life and her identity and finding her place. They don’t judge her, exclude her or make her feel unworthy of what they have. They welcome her. They love her. They give her a home, a bible, a church, a family.

They dance.

In so many, many ways. In over a decade of knowing and loving them, I’ve never seen a moment where they considered not dancing. Where they considered sitting out while the music still played.

I remember when they were new to me and I called my mom in both pride and humility that they chose me. That they wanted me; to be my friend. I longed to describe them and I couldn’t. I said how much I wished I could be more like them.

More bright. Shiny. Open, welcoming, loving, fearless, uninhibited, free. Caring less about what others thought of my dancing and more about the dancing.

And though they are real, and as flawed and vulnerably dazzling as you and I…they are beautifully bright shining lights.

But so are you.

And so am I.

We each shine brightly in a unique and beautiful way. We don’t need to compare or compete with one another. We don’t need to reinvent ourselves or be reinvented.  

As if someone else could know how we could be a better us. That we could fit into someone else’s mold and do their same job. Or do it better.

As if God, in His wisdom and mastery could’ve made a mistake.

Accepting who we are with all of our flaws – our strengths and our weaknesses – is what makes us real.

We were created to reach someone only we can reach, for a purpose only we can serve, for a time such as this.

psalm 139

 read Psalm 139 here

Some of us have wicked wit and humor, incredible dance skills, a voice like an angel. A servant’s heart, an artist’s touch, a graceful charm, a merciful heart. A peacemaker, a truth teller, a relentless dreamer. A passionate pursuer, entertainer, life liver. Life giver.

I pray that I can be bold enough to stand with you at the throne of grace with a thankful heart. That we could join together in gratitude for all that we are and all that we are not.

I fall so far short of the woman I desire to be in my heart and my mind and I wish so many days that I could be different. Better.

And this word…reinvent…has made me realize that acceptance is the breath of our life. It is the magic that allows us to be us in this moment. Who we are. And let that be enough.  

It doesn’t mean we stop desiring more. That we stop striving, dreaming, hoping, wishing, working and praying. That we stop stepping out in faith before we are ready.

But we accept and we grow.  We must accept so we can grow. We can grow, we can renew, but we will always be this. Who we were created to be.

Right now, today, it is enough. You are every bit enough.

So you go ahead and dream, my friend. But don’t change you. Don’t reinvent you. Because you is dazzling. You is beautiful. You is enough. You were made enough. You have always been enough. Let’s all be great.

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  • Leilani February 25, 2013, 7:53 pm

    Again, thank you for posting. I totally agree with all the feelings of this post. I might be able to fit a mold if it had an elastic waistband, but that’s about it. haha

    • Tammy February 25, 2013, 11:43 pm

      haha! no need to fit a mold. you are beautiful, you.

  • gina February 25, 2013, 8:43 pm

    yes beautiful post, so encouraging and TRUE. The only way I pray that I am reinvented is by being refined, other than that, i leave my weaknesses and my soul with the Lord who knows EXACTLY what to do with them and me.

    xo thank you!

    • Tammy February 25, 2013, 11:45 pm

      mmmm….so true gina. the refiner’s fire. me too. He is so faithful. xoxo

  • kelly February 26, 2013, 3:46 am — you have been an incredible gift to me all these 12 years– (and still counting!) – you have blessed me in so many ways- I’m proud to call you friend and so very grateful God put you in my life- you are PERFECTLY created in His eyes! — Thank you for the most beautiful post. I am honored to be a part of it! xoxoxo

    • Tammy February 26, 2013, 3:25 pm

      you were (and are) the hands and feet of Christ to me. a servant’s heart, a giver of life, and love. you were the one who made me long to know this God deeper and more fully because of His radiant light in you. love you my friend. xoxo

      • kelly February 27, 2013, 3:40 am

        thank you dear friend. love you so much. xoxoxo

  • Jamie February 26, 2013, 4:58 pm

    Tammy, thank you for being so vulnerable and sharing with your readers. Such sweet words.
    I am so glad that “me” is enough to Him. That “me” is beautiful, wonderful, lovely, and precious in His sight. I love the scripture that says, “my power will be made perfect in your weakness.” He can use all the mes and all the yous to His plan, and for that I am grateful.
    Again, thank you for sharing your heart with us.

    • Tammy February 26, 2013, 9:25 pm

      mmmm…amen. isn’t it an honor to be His hands & feet?! thank you for being here and sharing with us jamie!

  • Courtney Kelly March 1, 2013, 12:59 am

    Oh Tammy, thank you for your post. I just read it for the first time tonight and it took me by such surprise. Thank you for sharing what you see in me. I pray this light you see continues to shine because that is God. I am a work in progress, yet He has been so faithful and good!

    YOUR light shines for all to see! I love the way you love your family and friends, and now strangers through your blog. You have so many gifts and your words inspire me. Thank you for your friendship and love. I am blessed by YOU! Keep shining, Tammy! I’m so excited to see all that God has in store for you.

    I love you.

  • Sarah Bessey March 9, 2013, 8:19 pm

    Beautiful, Tammy! Loved every word. Eshet chayil for these women! And for you.

  • rebecca mcmaster July 19, 2014, 9:49 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree, acceptance is where it’s at. I didn’t know reinvent was the new buzz word, but that is ridiculous because Daddy God is the one who transforms us and HE is the one who decides what and when. I love that I can rest in Him and trust Him, and enjoy life and who I am and where I am! It seems it took awhile to come to this place of rest…..and I still think it’s a constant receiving of grace.

    • Tammy July 20, 2014, 5:05 am

      Absolutely and amen Rebecca!

  • Kathy August 20, 2014, 1:18 am

    You couldn’t possibly be in my head, right? I have been struggling lately, and specifically TODAY with being unhappy with myself…wanting to change so many things about me. Some of it would be change for the better (more exercise) but some of it is impossible (zits at 41?). I prayed just a little while ago…literally less than an hour ago, about all of that. Asking God to help me see things differently and stop being at war with myself because I’m tired of it. It’s been too many years of self loathing, and I’m ready to be done. Then I scroll through my Facebook feed and see this. He listens…all the time, no matter how big or small, He hears. Thank you for this.

    • Tammy August 22, 2014, 3:42 am

      Oh Kathy, I just love this! It never ceases to amaze me, His goodness and faithfulness. His care for all the details of our lives. He’s so personal and intimate with each and every one of us. I’m so glad you’re here. Welcome! xo

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