May 12, 2K15
Donald Miller’s latest novel, Scary Close, offers insight towards intimacy and what it means to be in relationships with others in an honest, vulnerable, scary way. This guy is great. The other night I read these words,
“I like what the dancer Martha Graham once said, that each of us is unique and if we didn’t exist something in the world would have been lost. I wonder, then, why we are so quick to conform—and what the world has lost because we have. William Blake said about Jesus that he was “all virtue and acted from impulse, not from rules.” If we are to be like him, aren’t we to speak and move and do, to act upon the world and take new ground from the forces that work against our unique genius and beauty? What if part of God’s message to the world was you? The true and real you?”
We aren’t told enough how cherished we are because we are unique. Being indispensable isn’t something we work towards, we’ve all been born authentic. It’s all we can do to be true to that territory, to wear it as courageously as we can by sharing it with everyone we share our lives with.
I want to be reminded of this daily, and I want to encourage others to never stray away from their individuality. Whoever we are now and whoever we are meant to be, are two radically different people, living under the same skin. The world likes to tell us we need to dress up. I’d like to live in a world where everyone wears what they want. Where people walk around in the skin that resembles who they are.
“What if part of God’s message to the world was you? The true and real you?”
What a world it would be. What a cool legacy to leave behind.