In my time of worship with God, I began to think about how there’s this persistent feeling to compare myself and to look outside of my lane at what others are doing. So I began asking God, “Lord, what can I do to stop comparing myself? I believe that you can heal me from that.” And He simply said “Believe in who I created you to be.” And we kept the conversation going and again I asked, anticipating a different answer, “Lord, what can I do to stop comparing myself?” and again He said, “Believe in who I created you to be.” And then He said “Who are human beings that are authentically themselves?” Immediately I think of Kanye.
People are going to think I’m in idolatry because I said Kanye before Jesus. And again the Lord says “Who are human beings who are authentically themselves?” And so I’m like “Kanye.” I begin to look up Kanye interviews and it was exactly the revelation that I needed.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
I began scribbling in my journal from this video.
“The time is now. The time is now to express and for people to believe in themselves. The time is now for it to be okay to be great. People in this world shun people for being great. For being a bright color…for standing out. But the time is now to be ok with being the greatest you.” – Kanye West
Mark 1:1-8 says, “This is the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “Behold, I will send My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way. “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.’ ” John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. People went out to him from all of Jerusalem and the countryside of Judea. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. And he began to proclaim: “After me will come One more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
It’s this simple: God used a person who was their authentic self to prepare the way for the King. John the Baptist was perfectly fine with wearing his camel hair, leather belt and eating locusts. And guess what? People came to him in droves to repent of their sins. So what could God be saying to us? Maybe that He needs us to be our authentic selves in order to prepare the way for the King. Jesus is coming soon and souls are in the balance. People are waiting on you to pop off to be saved, bro. This probably won’t be my last time saying it or writing about it.
Don’t be like the dude who the Master gifted with money and He came back with nothing but buried talents. (Parable of the Talents found in Matthew 25:14–30)
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
In high school my senior quote was “I could let these dream killers kill my self-esteem, Or use my arrogance as the steam to power my dreams,” which I then referenced from Beyonce’s ‘Ego Remix’ featuring Kanye West (a Last Call line for my Ye fans out there) But Keep that childlike dreamer alive. Be the creative or whatever you do, to live out who God created you to be. Refine your talents.
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