It took me a really long time to be at peace with telling people my thoughts. I was afraid of what people might think of me, dwelling on the thought of being thought poorly of. Fear ate away at my independence and I tried so hard to be just one of the crowd.
And then I eventually realized that it wasn’t working. There is no such thing as being just one of the crowd. I was created as an individual and that is what I will always be, whether that is something I want to be or not.
So I started speaking up. I started telling people of my anger. I started telling people of my humor. I started with what was the least important and that’s okay. It was important that I learned to speak up – it was important for me to use this to learn about myself, to make my voice more heard and I’m still learning how to do that, but I am also learning that there is so much more I need to tell.
Why have I forsaken what is most important in the things I tell?
So here is a reminder for myself, and for you if you need it, too:
Tell them of love everlasting.
Tell them of grace and all the ways we need it.
Tell them of hope that never fades.
Tell them they are worthy, they are important, they deserve all of the above, and they will always be remembered – their name will always be written in the book of life – and they will always be wanted.
Tell yourself the same. You need it just as much as they do.
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