You Be You

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 NIV

I’ve been in a season of reflection.

Perhaps it’s because another birthday is on the horizon.

A BIG one, y’all.

Or, maybe, it’s simply part of this journey called life. 

So, it didn’t seem like a coincidence when the billboard in the middle of nowhere shouted three convicting words:

You Be You.

My soul sighed with understanding.

See, there have been (too) many times in my existence when I was afraid to be me. 

Downright afraid.

And, guess what I’ve discovered?

Fear can blind us to the unique within us. 

It steals our freedom.

It’s just plain ugly.

It needs to go.

I want the rest of my days to be the best of my days.

Fearless and hopeful.

Don’t you?

Alrighty then.

Let’s move on…

Dream on.

I’m a dreamer from way back. When I was seven, I wanted to be a nurse, a teacher, and a singer with The Monkees…all in the same day.

Yet, as my little girl wishes transformed into big girl responsibilities, I allowed fear to diminish my dreams.

Gratefully, dreams are timeless, beloved.

It’s the doubts that do us in.

Let’s shine some Light on their slithering shadows.

His brighter than the sun Love that sparkles, “Fear not.”

Fear. Not.

Man, I love that.

So, what are you waiting for, fellow dreamer?

You Be You.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”  Psalm 27:1 NIV

Keep on.

I couldn’t wait to join the school band. My heart’s desire? Drums…of course….a choice that was quickly redirected by the folks.

In favor of a flute. 

I actually embraced its sweet sound, then immediately began striving to be the best flute player ever. But, when a move to a new school shook my confidence and downgraded my status from first flute to second flute, there was only one choice to make.

Quit.

A regret I carry to this day.

Comparison is a virus, dear one. Be the cure.

Translated: My best is good enough.

TRANSLATED: I AM GOOD ENOUGH.

Oh lovely, don’t be afraid to orchestrate your unique one-of-a-kind music to this world.

It’s #1 hit song?

You Be You.

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

Love on.

Daddy-O was a hugger. He’d start hugging people from the back to the front of the church, all before the first stanza of He Lives. Mama’s affection was tender and just as loving. 

So, it’s no surprise that “love” is my favorite word. 

In fact, for a long time, I limited it to my personal friends and family plan. Those I chose to love.

You know?

Ahhh, but God wants us to expand our plan.

When we love like He does, there’s always room for one more.

What are we afraid of?

Let’s invite others into His love.

What does that even look like?

You. It looks like you.

You Be You.

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:10-11 NIV

I’m amazed at how God uses the unexpected to get our attention.

Even a billboard on a not so random road.

His nudge to my heart that day was an affirmation.

Let go of the past, child.

Live free.

Embrace what is yet to come.

Fear not. 

May we listen to His sweet whisper and let it linger…

You be you, beloved.

You be you, Tina.

You Be You. XO

Spread your joy,

tina

8 Comments

  1. You are Awesome nailed it again! I could not agree with you more on this. Fear destroys lives far more than people want to admit. Keep being YOU! Hugs to you and Frank Best Wishes

    1. So true, friend. Fear is a liar! Grateful for your encouragement. Thanks for being YOU! XO

  2. Dear Tina,
    Absolutely loved everything about this post! I’m thankful that you are you. God bless! P.S. I wanted to be a professional ice skater, a nurse and a majorette… Happy to be me, Karen Q. xx

    1. Thanks for sharing your dreams, professional ice skater/nurse/majorette Karen! So cool. Happy YOU are you! XO

  3. That is a great picture of you showing the woman you’ve become. Love you!

  4. Keep writing Tina. I usually get caught up on social media at the end of my day, and your stories are a great way to end a stressful day. Love you.

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