What would happen if you became the person you always wanted to be?
What if you stopped living, growing and doing for everybody else and finally took a moment to (like my cousin Nee Nee says ) “DO YOU?”
What would that look like?
It seems selfish-a little dangerous too, huh?
Because we have gotten use to playing life safe. Because somewhere along our journey we began to care, love and give more to others than ourselves. And that’s not a bad thing. There are places and spaces that this is required, that this is necessary for the development of a child, the leadership of a team, the lifeline for a close friend or family member-to be that missing piece (the only piece) that only you can fill.
And it feels good to be depended on- to be needed in such a significant way.
But often times many of us are hiding behind our roles because we can’t find our selves?
Have you ever lost yourself?
Lost the dream of that young man or young woman you aspired to be. I keep losing and finding the dream of myself. Lately I’ve been gripping tighter, clinging closer to the God-sized dreams he has for me.
I’ve always wanted and still desire to write-to speak life.
I’ve always wanted and still desire to use the power of words to inspire-to transform.
I’ve always wanted and still desire to love on people-all people.
I’ve always wanted and still desire to live in a constant space of learning, growing and changing the world-leaving it better than I found it.
I’ve dreamed of breaking chains of poverty, racism and abuse-setting people free.
This is what “doing me” would look like in my perfect world.
I’m not talking about that “self-indulgent-gotta- have-more me.”
I don’t need stuff, my nails done or a new outfit to “feel good” any more.
I use to – had to have all those things to feel worth and to show proof that, “I had made it.”
And to be honest many days my ego and my appetite ,miss and crave that season of more than enough.
But today, I’m talking about re-discovering that “what-was-I-created-to-do-with-my-life me.”
Tough times give the gift of being stripped of extra- to see the richness in what is freely given. With less you are force to make peace with the staples of life, the simplicity of self.
Like joy, purpose and love-like the sparkle in my children’s eyes or the smell of fresh rain.
To live dangerously to me would be to stay in this place of contentment. To dare to dream that my God and the measure of talent and treasure he has given me is enough to sustain, satisfy and supplement the needs of myself, my family and my own little corner of the world.
It’s time to live dangerously!!!
Lynne Hybels wrote the prayer below that was my inspiration for this blog. Read more about living dangerously at http://www.lynnehybels.com I can’t tell you what a gift her journey has been to me as I admire her daughter, Shauna Niequist from a far and witness the impartation that only a mother can give a daughter. Lynne gave her daughter the license to pursue first who God made her to be and to pour out that overflow second to others. Shauna shares about this gift of impartation on her blog at http://www.shaunaniequist.com.
Dangerous Women (and Men) Creed
Dear God, please make us dangerous .
May we be women who acknowledge our power to change, and grow,
and be radically alive for God.
May we be healers of wounds and righters of wrongs.
May we weep with those who weep and speak for those who cannot
speak for themselves.
May we cherish children, embrace the elderly, and empower the poor.
May we pray deeply and teach wisely.
May we be strong and gentle leaders.
May we sing songs of joy and talk down fear.
May we never hesitate to let passion push us, conviction compel us,
and righteous anger energize us.
May we strike fear into all that is unjust and evil in the world.
May we dismantle abusive systems and silence lies with truth.
May we shine like stars in a darkened generation.
May we overflow with goodness in the name of God and by the power of Jesus.
And in that name and by that power, may we change the world.
Dear God, please make us dangerous women. Amen.