Do you ever feel like you are living a life Incognito? ( having one’s true identity concealed)
I can tell you, lately I sure have had my days that I look at myself and ask ” Who are you?” This typically happens when circumstances send me off in behaviors that are just not my true self. Or when surroundings make me feel I have to “conceal my true self”. Thanks to a surprise visit from a dear friend and several other calls I received from my many friends, it hit me: that is just silly…to conceal my true self or allow outside people or circumstances to make me collapse into a shell. That is certainly not who I AM. We are all created for a reason. We all have hybrid seeds within from which we develop and BEcome who God designed us to Be. Living a life ” Incognito” only binds you, which steals your Joy, Peace, Creativity & confines His Love within you. This ultimately creates Stress, “Dis Ease, and finally Diseases”. Indeed, stress symptoms can & do affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It is true: ” For as he/she thinketh in his heart so is He/She. Proverbs 23:7
Allowing myself to retreat within, stress over things or people that are not worth stressing over robs the world of what God created ME for. Of how I am supposed to be Serving and Giving to the world. As the Word states in Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created In Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
The Word tells us that we are all born with distinct talents and gifts that set us apart from each other. When you discover the talents that God has given you and you use them to glorify Him, you will experience a Full life! Our loving Lord wants us to feel whole and complete, and it is through our gifts & talents that we can find our unique calling in life! BTW: Talents are not just acting, singing, etc. Your talent might be a gift of gab, a smile that brings Joy, cooking, sewing, gardening, accounting, organizing, and the list goes on and on…ALL of which can be used to glorify Him and allow you to experience a Full Life meant to be shared with thy neighbor.
So, today take a look at yourself. Are you taking care of yourself? Are you living out your hearts desires and utilizing your gifts & talents? You will know them because they will make your heart sing. Your light will shine when you are engaging in them. Or are you bound by stress and negative energy ? Check out this site for some tips on how to recognize Stress and evaluate yourself: https://psychcentral.com/lib/recognizing-and-dealing-with-stress/
Once you have done your self evaluation let His Word guide you back to cultivating and becoming who You ARE! Remember: Romans 12: 2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ” http://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/stress-bible-verses/