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I've said it before and I'll say it again, I am incredibly blessed. My family is... amazing. Our relationship has grown immensely over the last few years since we first found each other, and they are incredibly supportive and loving and encouraging of my journey, my art, my whole... self really. We have our differences, just like any family-- but I know that no matter what happens they love me. And that's it. That's all that really matters.
This message tonight is a small piece of a message my grandmother sent me today.
"Sometimes we spend so much time looking for the answer that we already have. God made each of us remarkable, talented, passionate, and beautiful, we each just need to become the person that He intended us to be. It's not what you see in the mirror but what He sees in you."
I love this. Because it brings into play a whole other angle to this whole journey-- not just becoming the person I want to be, but becoming the person HE intended me to be.
I know that a lot of the folks that read these messages may be agnostic, or atheist, or pagan, or jewish or hindu. And in all honesty it doesn't really matter. If you believe in a higher power, if you believe in something bigger than yourself, there has to be a piece of you that believes that somewhere out there, there is a life you are intended to lead, a person you are intended to become.
For me, I believe that God has a plan. And in the last year or two, I've started to really tune into some of what that plan may include... my art being part of it, but my sense-of self worth being the biggest piece. With the restoration of my faith in myself, I strengthen my faith in Him.
And for those that are believers, maybe we need to be reminded sometimes... that we are the incredible creations of a remarkable God. And for those that aren't, be reminded that regardless of who or what you believe IN, you are part of an incredible creation... whether you believe that it happened scientifically, or by the hand of God, or if you don't have a clue how everything came to be... look at the life that is YOU, and be reminded that no matter how you got here... you are part of something really marvelous-- and isn't that worth so much more than whatever you see in the mirror?
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