I really thought I had nothing left to write when I gave up on this passion. Not because I didn't want to, but because life gets busy and I'm sad that things that I love have to take a back seat. I am learning to place the things I love to the front side of life. I don't want to wake up in 20 years and realize my gifts and my passions were something I hid away and did nothing with. I have so many ideas and so many dreams I want to accomplish and sometimes it is hard to give them attention they deserve. It is hard in life when you have been made to believe that working nine to five is such a priority and that's all you need to accomplish adult hood. Well that's boring and I don't believe we were made to live such a boring life, full of bills, debt and worry about what is going to happen next. Since when did we get so consumed with just living life just to get by and not actually live. The best way to find out your passions and your dreams to really evaluate the things you love and the things you cannot do without.
What comes easy to you and gives you energy when you do it?
What makes you excited and revives you?
What are you known for?
What do people tell you to do more of?
What are you about?
God has designed us so uniquely and it is truly because we are all to be apart of the body of Christ. Everyone is not created to do the same things and it is apart of his design.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
One Body but Many Parts
12 There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ. 13 We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit. And so we are formed into one body. It didn’t matter whether we were Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free people. We were all given the same Spirit to drink. 14 So the body is not made up of just one part. It has many parts.
15 Suppose the foot says, “I am not a hand. So I don’t belong to the body.” By saying this, it cannot stop being part of the body. 16 And suppose the ear says, “I am not an eye. So I don’t belong to the body.” By saying this, it cannot stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, how could it hear? If the whole body were an ear, how could it smell? 18 God has placed each part in the body just as he wanted it to be. 19 If all the parts were the same, how could there be a body? 20 As it is, there are many parts. But there is only one body.
21 The eye can’t say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 In fact, it is just the opposite. The parts of the body that seem to be weaker are the ones we can’t do without. 23 The parts that we think are less important we treat with special honor. The private parts aren’t shown. But they are treated with special care. 24 The parts that can be shown don’t need special care. But God has put together all the parts of the body. And he has given more honor to the parts that didn’t have any. 25 In that way, the parts of the body will not take sides. All of them will take care of one another. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part shares in its joy.
27 You are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of it.
I love the way God works because sometimes we can get compared to other people where sometimes you can feel inadequate but believe me that is a lie. I need you and you need me. Believe me I'm glad there is only one Shanyse out there. I joke with my husband and tell him "You'll Neva find anotha like me" and He says "Oh I know"...:-) I am me and I have accepted that and I don't want to be anyone else. People will do what they do and you cannot control that but if you ever loose sight just return the scripture above. And like my husband always says : Do your part!!!! ( Love that, so simple but powerful )
As years go by I get more and more comfortable in my personality. I realize that somethings I should have started to do this years ago. Being a loud person doesn't mean your confident all the time. Being shy and cautious is something I tend to do. It may sound surprising but I know I have to grow in that area. God created an extroverted person who loves to be bold sometimes and other times knows when to pull back. It is tough to find a balance but it exists. He created me to love adventure and colors. He created me to be musical and to be artsy and I love that. He created me to be strong and a person of justice. He created me to be a passionate person and to share my beliefs and my experiences with others. He has called me to love people right where they are because at one point I needed grace just like them. He has called me to speak and even when I think I'm off he gives me the words to say. I love Jesus and all that He created me to be. In my own ways, I see my weaknesses but He still allows me to be used by Him in his wonderful Church. He is so loving! I love his design and I love that He cares for me and He knows what I needed in this life. I am content in Him and I don't need anything else but to be loved by Him.
Embrace the person that you are, but even more surrender to Jesus Christ and see why Jesus created you that way. You will begin to unlock your true identity and like never before you will realize his plan for your life. My God has a place for you in His Church and you are meant to fit perfectly! He Loves You. Yes you!
My prayer for you is that you find who you were always meant to be....Love SN