“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?” – Donald Miller, Scary Close
I LOVE that.
Just finished this book and let me tell you, it was incredibly convicting for me. Not convicting in a way that made me feel guilty or ashamed, but rather the feeling you get when a good friend gently lets you know the truth of your life. Miller writes about his journey learning to be himself: genuine, authentic, no need for a mask. He talks about learning how to stop living so much of life wondering what other people are thinking of him, and how he starts to have healthier relationships. I just felt God knock-knock-knocking on my heart, saying quietly that it’s time to start healing and learning to be vulnerable.