I started this post off with a verse that has been my verse for 2014. I chose this verse because at the beginning of the year I was stepping into a new season of life. I have always just done the things that I’m talented at. I mean, that’s how life works right? If you’re good with numbers, be an accountant. If you can paint, become an artist. In high school I took up photography and collectively became known as a “photographer.” Several years later when I wasn’t even remotely involved in anything to do with a camera, I would walk into a restaurant or pass someone I went to high school with and it never failed they would ask, “How’s the photography business?” Isn’t it funny that when people know us for something, it always sticks? Sometimes we can’t live down the stereotypes that the general public know us by.
As I began studying this verse, the original text in verse 4 is, “Let every man prove his own work.” The word Prove in Greek is dokimazō which means to test, to recognize as genuine after examination. I find this interesting. Our work, and how we preform is directly related to who we are as a person. So what does all this mean, am I even making sense? Let me explain.
Sometimes when the world, the people around us perceive us as something that we really aren’t, that fabricated person begins to form and take shape in our lives. When there is constant pressure to be a certain way, live a certain way, or be a certain way; that takes root in who we are and it then becomes society forming us instead of the genuine, authentic person that we were created to be. Even though I hadn’t shot photos for years, everyone always remembers be as a “photographer” and for the rest of my life all I’ll ever be to some, is a “photographer.” Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes moments, experiences, and times when we weren’t “ourselves” shape us. The people around us, the environments we are in, the places we go; it all adds up to creating something that at the end of the day, we might not enjoy.
So what’s the point? Going back to the verse, “Make a careful exploration of who YOU are, and what YOU’VE been given to do.” God created each and everyone of us individually, unique, and with a purpose. Make a careful exploration of who YOU are and where YOU want to go. If the people around you, the places you go, and the environments you are in don’t reflect that. It’s time to make a change. Maybe that is location, maybe that is where you go on the weekends. I know that I’ve had to make some changes recently in my person life to reflect who I am and what I’ve been created FOR. Don’t sell yourself short. You were made for more. Your life matters. Surround yourself with people who elevate you. Be in positive environments. Make the most out of what you’ve been given. Take responsibility for doing the creative best with your own life. You got this.
What are some changes you need to make in your life this season?
Have a good weekend!!!