Monday, November 09, 2015

Understudy of Greatness

'An understudy is a performer who learns the lines and blocking/choreography of a regular actor or actress in a play. Should the regular actor or actress be unable to appear on stage because of illness or emergencies, the understudy takes over the part' defined by Wikipedia
For some reason I've been thinking about being an understudy these past couple of days, it could be because I have spent time shadowing people at work.
So as this was on my mind I wanted to write about it and one approach to this was to say stop being some one else's understudy and go live life being uniquely you. Although a good message indeed that's as far as that went in my mind.
Then I came across this verse, 'Walk with me and work with me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.' It was a reminder from the one who loves us more than anything or anyone else, an invitation to walk alongside him every moment of every day and work alongside him in the mundane moments to the most exciting moments and watch how he does things. Now you may be thinking, okay Louise I can't physically walk with Jesus and you are right we may not feel him physically walking alongside us but we have a great picture of who he was walking on this earth and how he did things, how he treated others in the stories written about him in the bible.
We can get a clear picture of how he handled every day moments from those stores and he also sent his helper the holy spirit to lead and guide us in the every day moments right here and now.
The coolest thing about this is that my first initial thought about writing this came full circle when I read the last part of that verse.....'learn the unforced rhythms of grace I won't lay anything heavy or ill fitting on you'.
He has designed a life for you and I that flows naturally out of who we are, we were never asked to put on someone else's costume, someone else's personality, someone else's words and live life imitating someone else, we can try so hard to be like someone else that this can become a heavy burden to carry. You were only called to be the understudy of greatness.
The understudy of the one who created you to be uniquely you with your dreams, desires and goals placed in there by him that will flow naturally out of who you are. He won't ever place anything on you that doesn't fit who you were created to be.
Isn't there something so incredibly freeing about this? It has the potential to alter your heart and fill you with such peace knowing that you don't need to be like anyone else.
Sure learn from great leaders, learn from those around you, there are great lessons to learn but never study them so intensely that you lose sight of who you are and who you were created to be!!
There is no one else out there like you, there is no one else that sees things just like you do, you have purpose, you have something so unique to offer this world, you have an important part to play!!
Trust him to show you in the moments of today just how wonderful he made you!!
Shine on friends!!
You are loved!!

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