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This was taken back in Washington before we left our last duty station. =)

Being Who You Were Designed To Be: It’s Time To Let Loose!

 

Hey friends!

Just a quick word about doing what you’re designed to do. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut and life throws us some tough stuff. We can’t focus on ourselves or pursuing our dreams because we have other stuff to deal with. But there comes a time when you have to let loose and let those dreams out– be who you were designed to be!

A Little Story About My Dog

We have a large dog– a yellow lab. She is small for a lab (60 lbs) but still has a lot of energy and enthusiasm for life. Her name is Copley, and she lives to run and fetch. However, we’ve had a hard time getting her any time to run.

We live in a set of townhomes with strict rules about off-leash dogs, and we have a tiny yard. Since we’ve gotten here, our poor pooch has not been too happy. At first it was even hard to get her out for a walk, but now we’ve been consistent with that so I can tell she is adjusting. However there’s no place nearby for her to let loose.

Recently I had the idea to let her run beside me while I bike around the neighborhood. It took a while for us to go through some boxes in the garage to find my helmet (because I don’t want to die doing it). But yesterday we had our first bike-run for Copley.

Copley was in heaven. She was running and bounding and so happy. When we got back, she was exhausted and still happy. She was finally able to be herself and run like she’s made to.

Being Who You Were Designed To Be

Seeing how happy my dog was made me think about us humans. How often do we get to run full speed ahead into what we’re designed for? How often do we let ourselves? I think sometimes we dismiss our dreams out of fear or disbelief– we don’t think they’re possible. Or, we talk negatively to ourselves and compare ourselves with others, instead of embracing who we are as individuals.

Eric Liddel, the main character in the movie Chariots of Fire said, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”

We’ll be the most happy and at peace when we’re doing what we’re made to do. I believe we’ve each been designed with specific purpose and we’ve been given gifts that can help make the world a better place.

What are your gifts? What can you be doing? What are you already doing that you don’t allow yourself to think of as good and helpful to the world? And I always ask myself, as a Christian, what can I do that would most glorify God?

You are unique and special. You have qualities no one else has. Embrace them. Use them. Let them loose!

For more of my story about how I am living this out and using my gifts: Go Here

xoxo,
Heather

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