27 April 2011

Pouring my heart out: I know who I am.

{okay it's time to get serious}

What I'm here to say, is that I have my flaws. I will own them. I can be opinionated and sometimes a little bit argumentative {but not nearly as much as I once was}. I take offense sometimes when I shouldn't, and that is something I'm working on. And I know that many people don't understand my faith, there are so many misconceptions about it and it seems that I get lumped in with the stereotypes.

I need to learn that it's OK. It's okay that people don't understand me completely. Sometimes, I catch myself trying way too hard to explain myself. But why? What I really should be doing is putting the BEST me forward, all of the time. And trust that my actions will speak for themselves. Self-confidence 101, right?

I think the important thing is that I know who I am. The Lord knows who I am. I am a good person. I love my family and I always put them first. But above all, I am a faithful person. I do try very hard to serve others and exemplify Christ. Could I do a better job? Absolutely... but I am trying my best. And that is all that is expected of us.

People may not judge me fairly, but it's alright because I know who I am.




27 comments:

Tara said...

great post!

Becky said...

I struggle with what people think of me sometimes, but all that matters is what God thinks of me. "Am I pleasing to Him?" Is the question that I should be asking myself. Not "Why don't they like me?" The truth is those that don't follow Christ won't like me for the most part. Anyhoo, we all have flaws! I am way too judgmental. I really try not to be, it is something I am majorly working on. Great shot, love that quote!

Stephanie Thigpen said...

I love you. I seriously, seriously do. And I can't wait to give you THE BIGGEST HUG EVER in June! We're talking like, run and jump on you hug. It's going to be amazing! Oh, and did I ever tell you I'm Catholic? So I completely understand religion misconceptions. I can't tell you how many purgatory jokes I got in high school.

beautiful mess said...

I think a lot of people struggle with what others think of them. I know I sure do. I constantly am critiquing myself and what others are thinking of me. And I think that's pretty normal. But, really, we shouldn't care what they think. Love the picture!

- Jessi - said...

Yes, great post. I think we all could learn something from this and own who we are. We are all imperfect and can't change that. We need to be who we are and not conform to what others think we should be.

Tara said...

Love this, great post! I think you are amazing! I used to worry about what others thought of me, but now I don't. Sometimes, the occasional doubt will kick in but I try really hard to not let it! Gorgeous photo!

Ashley Sisk said...

I couldn't have said it better myself - I love the quote.

Kristin said...

beautiful post! This is something I need to remember about myself too! So glad you shared this! you are an amazing person!!

Beautiful photo!!

Joni said...

I think that we should never worry as long as we know we are trying our best. and if we ask ourselves that one question "am i trying my best?" and don't answer any other way than "yes", then we truly have no reason to judge others. and if we are judging others, then we certainly aren't trying our best; to be a better person, friend, significant other, or follower of Him. We all could be doing a better job and have room to grow which is why we should always be focused on ourselves rather than others.

I am totally judging you and I think you are beautiful and amazing.

Tiffany said...

well said! we are human....in today's society, i think it's just too easy to judge others. especially when it comes to religion. however, all we can do is be the BEST person we can be, and let others worry about themselves. I happen to think you are pretty FABULOUS, girl...no matter what your race, ethnicity, creed, religion, blah, blah, blah ;) xoxo

Olivia Grace said...

Beautiful post, I think we all fall into this sometimes: caring too much what others think. My mama always tells me, "God knows you, He sees you, that is all that matter. Take courage in His opinion of you."

Natalie said...

This was a very honest and informative post that I LOVED reading. I write posts like this often-because a LOT more times than not I find myself being misunderstood or misread. It's hard to deal with and it does in all honesty make you angry to see yourself being so misread BUT if YOU know WHO YOU ARE it really doesn't matter what others think of you. It will always bother us but we don't have to let it show. Ya know? You seem like a very confident person who is loyal and faithful and full of great things and you should keep your head held high always :))

Dwija {House Unseen} said...

Lovely post! I often yearn too much for the approval of people of this world, sometimes even people I don't admire or love, and I have to remind myself that I only need HIS approval for my life to be truly complete.

Thank you for this!

Karli said...

Agree, agree and agree! Love this post Mandy. And what a gorgeous picture to go along. So soft and beautiful. Have a great one! ♥

Jenn @ South of Sheridan said...

I couldn't agree with you more. Thank you for sharing this with us. :)

Stopping by from PYHO.

Branson @ Reflection of Something said...

Wonderful post, Mandy. This is something I struggle with too. I agree that doing more being yourself and less explaining who you are is the way to go. I haven't "known" you long, but you strike me as a sweet, faithful person so you must be doing something right! :)

Beth said...

Great post! I was just telling my daughter yesterday how it doesn't matter what others think as long as you are true to yourself--the person you want to be--a good person. I love your post.

Carly said...

I certainly know what you mean. I think it's easier for people to think of others in categories rather than as individuals. I get lumped in with others all the time, and I feel like I'm often defending myself. But you're right, that's their problem for not attempting to see you for who you are. All we have control over is who we present to the world and to God. It's also a good reminder to look closer at those around us too.

Jeska said...

I think you speak for many!! Perfectly said.

Nicole said...

Awesome post, you go girl!

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Jess said...

I couldn't have said it better myself! Great post!!

Shell said...

So powerful and confident!

Brooke said...

This was really nice and great to hear this coming from someone else!

Courtney B said...

I can relate to this in everyway! You ARE such an example to me and I appreciate it :)
I hope to be a better example of Christ, I really want people to have a GOOD feeling when they're around me, even if they don't know why. We have some friends that we gravitate towards naturally, and it's because of the good feeling we have when we're around them, and it's because they are doing what they are supposed to be doing. Does that make sense?
Oh and I voted for you..and will keep voting because I think you and your little family are the cutest!

Jamie Rubeis said...

Well said! It is only the past couple of years that I have learned that some people may judge me and may not even like me, but I know who I am, and the ones that call me a friend, I hold dear to my heart.

Nikki said...

We're all misunderstood. Lead by example, and I think you're doing a great job!