I just got back from a whirlwind weekend trip to Dallas for the “Blissdom 2013” conference. It was so wonderful to meet up with some fantastic gals and I will share more about that later this week!
Last night in the closing session, the keynote speaker, Jon Acuff, said something that really resonated with me. Well, ok. He said a lot of things that were amazing, but I haven’t stopped thinking about this one thing. I wanted to share it with you immediately so you have it for this week so here you go. This is important so lean in.
“You used to believe you were awesome when you were in the 2nd grade”. ~ Jon Acuff
Huh. Basic, right? And, yeah. I guess I did, actually. Did you?
Now you should know that in the 2nd grade my best friend Lisa was the Bionic Woman (because she was the blonde) and I was Wonder Woman.
We dominated my back yard. We jumped off (4 foot) walls. My “invisible jet” (underneath our enormous fig tree) was always at the ready. We took no prisoners. We were “cool” and we were definitely AWESOME.
We were seven years old and we had it going ON in the 2nd grade! I guess we should have gone ahead and “invented” the internet at that point. Or at least had the foresight to invent something useful like the “Post-It” note. But it was 1977 and we were really busy being awesome at the time (don’t call us, we’ll call you).
And we were SO awesome that we never gave a single thought about what anyone else thought about us.
Talk about freedom.
That was so long ago and this made me look back and wonder “when did I lose my super powers?” (because, believe me. I could do sooo much more with an invisible jet right now….).
But for real… when did I stop believing I was awesome?? And I think that is true for so many of us. When did we stop believing in ourselves and in our (super) ability to do great things? When did life become
one foot in front of the other
and make ends meet
and just get through the day
and don’t rock the boat
but make sure people like you by
over-committing to everything
and by being the best at everything you do
and, never mind, just be perfect.
oh, and you’ll need to be skinny too.
and always smile and be positive
and go to bed feeling anything but… awesome.
When did that happen??
I look at my two younger boys – 6 and 8 yrs. old…
They still believe they are awesome. And so do I.
I look at my almost 18 year old and he is feeling pretty awesome about getting accepted into several colleges…
Yet I still see doubts already starting to creep in…
So here’s the thing. We start out in life believing we are awesome and somewhere along the way we just… stop believing it. It’s not on purpose – it just happens. We stop believing in ourselves without even knowing it. And the reason, or timing in our lives, that it happens is different for each of us.
But Psalm 139:13-14 reminds us of this: “For you created my inmost being; You knit me together in my Mother’s womb. I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…”.
Wow. “Fearfully and wonderfully made”. Sounds a little bit like “awesome” to me.
And you are… WE are. And sometimes we need to work on finding our “awesome” again.
Being a super hero is pretty hard work…
but we were made to be awesome and sometimes we just have to take a step back and rejuvenate (re-charge).
For now, let’s kick this week, shall we?
While I don’t know everyone reading this, I am going to say a prayer of encouragement for each of you for this week. Oh and, hey listen – I can always use prayers back, too. 🙂
Have a great week, my friends. In the meanwhile, I am going to go dust off my “invisible jet” (or at least try to find my Wonder Woman “UnderRoos”).
Love y’all. You are, indeed, AWESOME.