I do a lot of reading and listening to audio teachings that empower and grow me, and this past week I was listening to a well-known bible teacher that suffered from sexual abuse as a child. She mentioned having many limiting beliefs about her ability when God called her into ministry and the many disparaging remarks that were made concerning her ability, background and mainly her voice. Her uniqueness is her voice.
What limiting beliefs have you been holding on to?
This particular teacher went on to say that although she had doubts and fears she was obedient. She knew that God had placed a desire to spread and teach the gospel to thousands. The same uniqueness that others said would be a hindrance to her God actually used to show His glory in her life through television, radio, books, etc.
What makes you unique?
As a child I could remember my father telling me that I was very inquisitive as he answered yet another question from me with a smile on his face. One day in my early twenties a co-worker made the remark “You ask to many questions!” in a very mean tone that I hate to admit, made me cry silently as I walked away with a look of hurt on my face. All I did was ask her how everything was going since we worked in the same department but different areas and we were passing each other in the hallway. It wasn’t even a stop and chat kind of conversation! But that day has forever been severed in my mind. I stopped asking questions for a long time. I know now that it was the adversary’s way of trying to deter what God had for me in my future.
I am very inquisitive. I ask questions always have, but not just regular questions, no, my questions are thought-provoking and deep. I like to call them the why behind the why questions. It’s just who I am. God has used my uniqueness to usher in a television show that encourages women to walk in faith and do what He has asked of them.
What has someone said or done to you that you that you have held on to that is keeping you from manifesting the greatness that is within you?
“There is nothing unique about me!” you may say. Well yes there is. God designed you. You were not born to just take up space in the universe and then die. No, you are here for a specific reason. He’s gifted you with something that is ALL you! Yes, others may do or have what you have or do. But they don’t do it like YOU do! Go read Jeremiah 1:5 again. As a matter of fact, here it is for you! “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”NLT
God is NOT, let me repeat, NOT looking for people who are perfect. He can and will take all of you, every single piece of you that others have written off about you and use it for His glory.
Stop allowing negative thoughts and limiting beliefs to crowd your mind! You are great! You are a leader! You can accomplish and do what God has ordained for you. YOU ARE UNIQUE!
Use your uniqueness; stop doubting yourself. Stop allowing people to speak into you words and thoughts of less than. Let God use you. Let God’s glory shine through your life!
Do you need proof of God using common imperfect people for his glory? Read Exodus and the story of Moses; read David the shepherd boy story. Want some 20th century folks? How about that bible teacher that has a rough voice or that born and bred Jew ridiculed by their family that God now uses to bring forth His glory? I’m sure you can think of some yourself.
- Take some time to write out your uniqueness. What is that thing that says you? You probably don’t have to guess too hard to answer it. It’s what others have negative things to say about it.
- Once you’ve acknowledge it decide if you really want to be known by it. You have to know that if it’s inherent, then it will be with you forever, so you might as well use it!
- Talk to God about it and tell Him you want to claim your uniqueness but you don’t know how. Ask Him to show you.
Exercise your greatness; start with who you are!