Do you ever lose sight of who you are?

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. - Psalm 139:13-16

This might apply more to women than men, not sure (not being a guy LOL) but have you ever lost sight of who you are? In the midst of being a girlfriend, wife, mother, employee, boss (choose one or more) - have you ever stopped and asked yourself "Where did ME go?" because you were so busy raising your kids, keeping your house in order, catering to your boyfriend, running your business, or getting that report out before deadline, that somehow, somewhere YOU got lost along the way?

God knows YOU. He knew you before you were even born. He knew all your quirks, qualities, the unique things that would make you, YOU in this world. He knew your temper, the color of your eyes, and the way you would tilt your head when puzzled. He knew your sense of humor, your compassion...

Sometimes I think when we lose "us"...we miss out on a whole lot of opportunities to be close to God, either through taking some time to commune with Him, or not using the gifts and talents He gave us for His glory.

I know I am guilty of this. So many times my life is filled with "kid stuff" and "hubby stuff", and when there's "me" time, all I want to do is decompress with something mindless.

As much as I'd love to be the Proverbs 31 woman, I know a lot of times I fall woefully short. My house may not be in order, dinner might be take out, and we're lucky if we can gather around the table for a meal...the laundry piles up, and I see dust on the bookshelves, and I can't help but feel overwhelmed. I worry about my husband at his job, I worry about my kids - my daughter will be a senior this year, and go away to college next year...will she be OK? Have I prepared her for the "real" world? My son is starting HS - how will he do? Being a typical boy, he hasn't always buckled down to the books - He loves to skateboard, but has a strong christian faith - will he be judged on his outward appearances? I started a new job - something totally foreign to me, but it's fun and different. I have to start learning again, so I am taking classes. I fill my time up it seems, with everything but "me".

You can take the circumstances in your life, and perhaps apply it here. I guess what I'm saying is...don't waste the uniqueness that is YOU that God created. Somehow, take the time to find yourself again, and rediscover the wonderful person you are. I know I'm going to try. Even if it means that the laundry pile is a bit higher than the day before, it will be worth getting in touch with what God has taken the time to lovingly create so wonderfully different from everyone else.

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Comment by Delbert Bryant on September 12, 2008 at 2:54am
Yes, I do lose sight of who I am at times. And, no, losing sight of who you are is not something that is limited to women. I write from my own experience on this issue. I will turn 58 on the 26th of this month, and I have seen enough to know that no matter what happens, God is sovereign, and He is still where He has always been. Christ is the reason I'm alive and continue to survive and thrive. My first wife died in November 1988 after a long and trying illness. I believe that as a result of her illness and eventually her death that I became de-sensitzed and could hardly feel much of anything for quite some time. I was a single parent with a twelve year-old daughter at the time, and I subsequently married a bi-polar blonde about eighteen months after the death of my first wife whom I had been with for 15 1/2 years. The blonde eventually did me the favor of divorcing me after five long years. . Only now, after being involved in Celebrate Recovery Ministries, playing with the Praise Band "Faith Driven", and just having passed the twelfth anniversary (9/3/08), of my marriage to a wonderful loving woman who grew up in Taiwan, am I finally able to "see more clearly, and love more dearly". God is still on the Throne come what may, and His plans for me, my future and my life, are good and not evil.


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