Monday, June 30

be you TODAY

"Be yourself—not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Recently chatting with friends about upcoming plans for the Fourth of July, many were looking forward to getting together with family.  Some were traveling for big family reunions and others were hanging around here with family coming home.  

It was a rather interesting topic to be talking about because as much as everyone was excited about spending time with family, they were dreading some of the expectations.  

Family reunions can be the worst.  You get together with people you haven't seen for years.  You expect them to be a certain way and they expect you to be a certain way.  You know, like back in those days....

Only no one is anything like what they were years ago. 

So all your time is spent listening to all those less than flattering stories of the old days when what you'd really like to do is spend time talking about NOW.  TODAY.  Who are you today and how did your past shape you?

And I think that's true even in families who do connect fairly regularly. It's so easy to revert back to who you were when everyone lived at home, but no one is that person anymore. Everyone's growing up and changing.  Sure, their basic personality is still there, but as each one is maturing, their "old self" is being addressed often through painful life experiences and relationships as God renews their minds and helps them put on their "new self" (Ephesians 4:22-24). That whole experience throws off others' expectations, doesn't it?   

The bottom line is that we are ALL a work in progress.  

So whether it's a large family reunion or a small family gathering, let's focus on how we can encourage, love, and support the journeys our family members are on TODAY.  

And don't forget to be yourself!  You are a one-of-a-kind never to be repeated unique person who is abundantly loved by the God who created you!  He has a purpose and a plan for your life which will bring glory to His name and He'll be with you every step of the way.  Even those steps right into a holiday family gathering!

Tammy ~@~

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