We so often delay calling ourselves who we aspire to be until it happens. Romans 4:17 instructs us to “call those things that are not, as though they were” but we delay making the declaration until our goals and dreams look attainable. On the flip side, when it comes to areas such as finances, health, debt, home ownership and material things…we’re pro’s! We’ll call ourselves debt-free and healed instantly! However, we rarely think to apply this scripture to ourselves on a personal level. Though we set personal goals, we almost never think to look at our personal goals and say “I’m a lawyer” “I’m a business owner” “I’m a teacher” “I’m an author” or “I’m a nurse”, before those things happen.
A favorite scripture of mine says “you have not because you ask not” (James 4:3). I think we are hesitant to make bold declarations because we’re afraid. We’re afraid that it won’t happen if we say it. We’re afraid that others will laugh us when we say it. We’re afraid of what others will think about us if they hear us say it. WE ARE SO AFRAID! We are so afraid of everything and everyone that we overlook the fact that our confidence should be found in Jesus, and not man.
Though it feels amazing to have the support of others, the truth is that our confidence is found in God. It is in Him that we learn who we are. It is Him who tells us what we can do. The last time I checked, His word said that we can do ALL things through Him who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13). I checked again, and His word also said that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). Have you ever seen something that’s fearfully and wonderfully made? If you’ve ever seen a diamond then the answer to this question is YES!
Before a diamond has been mined do you think the miner sits and thinks to himself “this coal will never become a diamond.” No! That miner knows that he is experienced in mining. He is confident that the works of His hands will lead to the production of beautiful diamonds. Therefore, though he’s working in dirt, he’s also working with the vision of diamonds in his mind
This is the same thing God does with us. He’s our miner. He knows what has been placed on the inside of us–He placed it there. In the natural, we see only the man woman we are when we look in the mirror. But, before your birth God saw: lawyer, doctor, nurse, gymnast, athlete, coach, businesswoman. He already saw the person you desire to be, today. He made plans for you to become that person. And, that’s who He sees you as. This is why He tells us to call the things that are not as though they were– He already knows who you are! (Romans 4:17; Jeremiah 29:11).
Like the coal and the miner, all we have to do is make ourselves available to be mined and transformed. We do not have to wait until the process is complete. You don’t have to wait until you finish graduate school. You can declare who you aspire to be (doctor, lawyer, chemist) as you take your exams. You don’t have to wait until you land your first big contract. You can call yourself an entrepreneur while drafting your business plan. You may be renting an apartment now but each time you pay your rent, you can call yourself a homeowner or say “God, thank you for this beautiful home. It’s more beautiful than anything I ever imagined.” More importantly, you do NOT have to wait for others to validate you. Gandhi articulated this sentiment best when he said “first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” In other words, people always catch on late anyway so, don’t delay by waiting for their approval.
The only thing you need to do today, is begin to declare what is not as though it already was. From now on, when someone asks “what are you?” or “what do you do?,” respond by telling them who you are! Take it one step further, and post a picture of yourself in your apartment/home with the name of the occupation or thing you are working towards. You aren’t who you aspire to be when it happens, you are that person when you begin to declare it.
I’m not just writing this because it sounds good. I’m writing this because it’s something that I need to begin doing too. I’m not waiting on anyone or anything to tell me about who God already said I am. I am who I am, and God is who He is!
I’ll get us started with the declarations: “I am Erika The Encourager, one of the most encouraging writers in the world.”
It’s your turn! Who are you?