the beauty in being unapologetically yourself

1 Peter 4:10

10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

Something I have grown to love to see in others is the ability to be unapologetically themselves. I have thought about this a ton over the last week and a half and it is something that over time I have come to admire immensely.

I used to be very stuck in my ways, and, self admittedly, I still am in a lot of aspects of my life. However, one thing I overlooked when I was younger was the beauty in being yourself. Now, there are a lot of people who are their own person and show it every day, but what there is a dearth, a scarcity of, is people who are proud to be themselves. The pride of walking into a day and knowing that it’s going to be a great day because, if nothing else good happens to you, you love the person you are and the person you’ve become and will become.

There are tons of people I disagree with. Religion, politics, music, social views, whatever it may be, I would be hard pressed to find someone with identical worldly views as myself. No matter what you think or the opinions you hold, I will respect someone who is passionate about what they believe and passionate about who they are. We live in a generation of people who are so afraid of being who they want to be that they try to be someone else. They wish they were someone else.

For a point of reference, there is a girl in my Fish Camp who is so unapologetically herself in every aspect of her life. It’s beautiful to see. This girl absolutely loves to live life and you can tell each and every day that she loves who she is. She loves to make crazy faces in photos, not caring how the heck they turn out. She loves to make everyone around her happy by doing the one thing she knows how to do best: being herself. And I absolutely love that quality in a person and this person is someone I consider a great friend. Sometimes I even envy that quality because I think being yourself and being proud of it is one of the coolest things you can do.

In conclusion, being yourself and loving it is heckin’ cool, man. There’s no other way for me to put it. People love being around people who they feel like are being genuine and feel like they can be genuine with. I know I do. I love the one on one conversations with these kind of people, I crave that. Learning what makes someone like that tick is fascinating to me and I know it is to plenty of others too. I love the idea of finding perfection in imperfections. The idea that those imperfections are what make us so great is incredibly beautiful to me.

In 1 Peter 4:10 the bible says the words, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others” and that is something I have tried to take in stride. We were all given incredible gifts from God, each talent different, unique, and important. We are called to use these abilities to serve the world around us. If you’re funny, go make somebody laugh and brighten their day. If you’re patient, go listen to the person, the friend who just needs somebody to talk to. If you’re caring, show it. Show those around you how much you care and be the positive influence in their life that they might not have had otherwise.

Use your gift and love your gift. First love all that you are and all that you have to offer so that you can then love the world. This is the beauty in being unapologetically yourself.

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