From Surviving to Thriving: Being Myself (Comfort: Psalm 139:13-14)

For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.”  -Psalm 139:13-14

Recently, I had to take a trip for work. It involved masks, airports, ubering. Essentially a lot of things outside of my control. I was stressed about it for weeks. 

My best friend loves to travel; the possibility, the unknown, all the newness makes her heart sing.

While my friend and I have much in common, travel is not one of those things. Each of us has preferences, delights, and fears. We are uniquely wired.

It is easy to get caught up in what we think our lives should be like, influenced by the North American standards of a “good life,” sometimes we find we are striving after things we don’t actually want, need or even like. 

As I scroll the socials, seeing beautiful trip pictures, I have to remind myself, I don’t actually want that. Flying stresses me out. I don’t like sleeping in a tent. Sitting in sand is not actually delightful for me.

Today when envy or desire catches your heart, take a moment and consider what you actually want. 

God, may I revel in the unique ways you have formed and gifted me, trusting that being my true self is the best way to be in this world. Amen. 


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Some Comfort and Joy was developed as a devotional resource that follows the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.

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