thoughts on a plane.

I tend to listen to Christian music more than usual when I’m on an airplane. I pray more than usual, too. Part of it is that above the clouds, I feel like I’m somehow closer to Him. But most of it is because turbulence is terrifying and I feel closer to death. Every time the airplane shakes or dips I start asking myself, Did I tell everyone I loved them? Was I nice to people? I start prepping myself when the plane is going down to stand up and say Do you all know Jesus?!?!

It is pretty ridiculous. As I flew this week, I listened to the Bethel album to calm my nerves and because I don’t have room on my phone for anything else.

I started thinking about the week to come; I was flying to a training in Tahoe for my job. I found myself thinking through how to make sure people would like me, what I would do and not do to be annoying/look intelligent/etc. Have you ever done that? Do you ever feel like you have to paste on a new face, become someone less than you are in order to impress or fit in?

Maybe it was because I was more in tune with the Lord, praying more and depending on Him more, but I heard Him loud and clear on that airplane and I was so grateful. He stopped my self-deprecation and asked me some questions:

What if who you are is ok? What if you’re allowed to be your true self because your true self is beautiful and dear and a reflection of the image of God? What if you could stop worrying about what people think of you? What if your confidence came from what I think of you – that you are treasured and loved and created on purpose…? What would living like that look like?”

The Bethel song in the background echoed the same thought: “I am seen, and I am known, by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”

This is my encouragement to you today – Jesus asks you those same questions. Maybe take a minute? Think about how that might change how you are living, interacting, relating…

What if who you are is ok? [and by “ok” He means wonderful, amazing, awesome…]

What if you are allowed to be your true self because your true self is ____? [Maybe ask Him? How would He describe you? Don’t let fear keep you from hearing His voice.]

What if you could stop worrying about what people think of you? [Because this frees us up to freely love others and allow them to be who they are – to be their true selves. What greater gift could we give one another?]

What if your confidence came from what I [the Lord] think of you – that you are treasured and loved and created on purpose? [Because that is true, you know…You are the love of His life, the JOY of His heart, and He has written you a story.]

What would it look like to live like that?

Beyond anything else, friend, know that you are SEEN and KNOWN and LOVED by the King of Kings – the Creator of the Universe, the God of the Skies. And when life comes right down to it, what anyone else thinks of you just doesn’t really matter.

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One of those twenty-somethings trying to find my way through this silly world. I write to process, and sometimes send those thoughts out into the void. Passionate about Jesus and people and bringing those two together. Living in and loving Denver. Working with college students, who are the coolest. Seeking Jesus in everything.

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