“I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me”
The Greatest Showman
If you’ve seen the hit movie, “The Greatest Showman” you will recognise the lyrics above. The song is sung by a group of performers who stand against their harassers who dislike them because they are different, or as the movie puts it, “freaks.”
This song has become a massive hit since it’s release and even won awards. I’ve seen the song posted on social media numerous times with comments like… “This is my anthem!” So I question, why do people resonate with this song?
I believe it’s became there is a war on for our identity. There is a longing for acceptance but also a cry from our souls saying, “Can I be me?” “Will you like me if I be myself?” Unfortunately in our world today the two don’t always mix.
As children we grow up believing we can be anything… An astronaut, a professional footballer, Prime Minister. But we hit high school and we’re influenced by friends and fashion to conform without discovering who we really are. By the time we reach our 20s and 30s we allow our identity to be defined by our job, profession or status. But that’s not who we are…
“I thank you, God, for making me so mysteriously complex! Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking. It simply amazes me to think about it! How thoroughly you know me, Lord! You even formed every bone in my body when you created me in the secret place, carefully, skillfully shaping me from nothing to something. You saw who you created me to be before I became me! Psalm 139:14-16 TPT
When God created you He had a plan and a purpose for your life. When you accepted Him into your life you became an heir.
“Now we’re no longer living like slaves under the law, but we enjoy being God’s very own sons and daughters! And because we’re his, we can access everything our Father has—for we are heirs of God through Jesus, the Messiah!” Galatians 4:7 TPT
It’s God who defines you, who made you with unique quirks for a reason. So who does God say you are? What desires has He placed on your heart? What gifts and talents has He blessed you with? Don’t despise the fact that you’re not like your neighbour or friend. You are unique, just like your fingerprint.
“Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.” Galatians 5:25-26 MSG
I’m an introvert and I always thought this was a flaw in me, but I’ve come to realise it’s not a bad thing. I may not talk much but I know I’m a great listener. I may not socialise easily but I know I’m able to be an encourager behind the scenes. This is how God made me and I’ve come to accept and be content in who I am, even if others don’t understand me.
“We must live in the Holy Spirit and follow after him. So may we never be arrogant, or look down on another, for each of us is an original. We must forsake all jealousy that diminishes the value of others.” Galatians 5:25-26 TPT
Embrace who you are. Get God’s perspective.
The biggest battle for our identity is not what the media is pumping out through advertising and articles. The biggest battle is in our own minds.
There’s a rawness to the song, “This is me” that echoes what people are feeling internally, many who have spent years trying to conform. We need to stop trying to people please and focus on pleasing our maker, the One who created us uniquely, who fashioned us for a purpose.
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden of Eden, they became aware and ashamed of their nakedness.
“God said, “Who told you you were naked?” Genesis 3:11 MSG
I want to challenge you….who told you that you’re too quiet, too loud, too chatty, too happy? Rebuke the lies that make you think your unique character traits are flaws within you.
You are an original, like each snowflake that falls, not one is the same. Be you, and be happy to be you.