In this world of at least 8 billion humans, it can be difficult to believe you will make an impact with the time you have on Earth. It can be even more difficult to believe One source created and simultaneously cares for us all. I constantly have to meditate on Luke 12:28 and remember that if He had a purpose for all the flowers and animals, He surely has a well-intentioned plan for me.
Intentioned means having purpose of a specified kind. Purpose is a part of our genetic makeup but the differentiator between those who see God’s plans for their lives and those who don’t is simply believing they are enough.
Some things in our life stories make it harder for us to excel while some come so naturally they can feel underserved. But if you are aware of your unfair obstacles, you won’t internalize them and will find the endurance to push through. And if you are aware of your unfair advantages, you can milk them for all they are worth (and not feel bad about it because God gave that advantage to you)!
So let’s go through them:
Appearance: I must mention this because we know when we’re closed out because of our physical appearance. Race, hair, body weight, gender, and disabilities, are just a few examples of how we’re judged before we even utter a word. Combat this by putting the spotlight back on those who judge and exposing their biases, or simply move on without them.
Beliefs & Lifestyle: Things like our spirituality and sexual orientation can cause non-supporters to shy away from connecting with us on a deeper level. Being unapologetic is the best way to combat this. When you are being yourself, you become a magnet for the energy you put out, even from those who don’t share your beliefs.
Economics & Environment: This could be the toughest obstacle but we read about people who have overcome the odds of poverty and toxic environments all the time and you can be one of them. Read these stories and envision yourself in them because you’re no different from them. Become a student at life by learning as much as you can. We can’t choose what we’re born into but we can choose how we respond to what we’re given.
Trauma: John 16:33 tells us we will have trouble. God doesn’t invite trauma in our lives but because we live in a sinful world, it happens. Remember God will use everything and turn it around for good (Romans 8:28). He will use your trauma to liberate others and bless you abundantly. Combat the lie of the enemy that you can’t overcome it by going to therapy and staying in God’s Word.
Appearance, Beliefs and Lifestyles: Now let’s flip the script because there will be people who intentionally seek you out because of your race, hair, body weight, gender, orientation, disabilities, etc. I no longer feel bad about being a proud Black, Christian, heterosexual woman with curly hair and weight that fluctuates up and down. I’ve been able to be in rooms and receive favor because of these characteristics and that’s how God wanted it to be. He was purposeful in how He created me. The same goes for you, so use those unfair advantages for your benefit and for the benefit of others who don’t have them. When we work together and advocate for one another, our obstacles just may cease to exist.
Skills & Talents: God gave us all supernatural gifts. There are things no one else can do quite like you. When you discover those things, cultivate them – it’s going to change your life! It can be hard to value the skills and talents that come easy but recognize that is God giving you supernatural favor.
Network: Have you heard the saying, “It’s not what you know but who you know”? God is so strategic with who He places into our lives! Embrace those who can help you reach your goals and make sure you are using your unfair advantages to help them as well.
Everything about you is on purpose. From your physical makeup to the name of your business, God knew why you entered this world and He has a plan for you. Surrender to it because He knows what He’s doing and watch His intentions unfold. I have faith in you.
Sheridan C. Watkins is a journalist and the owner of Perennial Peaces, a jewelry and gifts brand focused on transcending self-worth to all women. Her true work began after climbing out of a dark place with the help of God and therapy and her life mission is to provide tangible peace through her Divine gifts to help women heal and transform their life. Follow the mission on Instagram and Facebook: @perennialpeaces