For one reason or another, I have battled shame for being who I am. Not just shame for my shortcomings, but a sort of shame for my strengths as well.
As a devoutly religious person, humility is an important virtue for me. Somewhere along the way, it seems that I've confused humility with presenting myself as less than who I am.
The Lord said:
"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
-Matthew 5:14-16It is by the grace of God that I have been given strength in times of great weakness. These blessings aren't something that I should be hiding, but embracing and thanking my Heavenly Father for every single day.
Allow me to be completely clear, I absolutely do not think of myself as better than any other person in the world. I believe that every single person in this world is a child of a loving Heavenly Father who has potential far beyond their own capacity if they but seek His aid in living a good life. However, I'm done "toning down" my strengths in hopes of gaining the approval of others.
My name is Melissa. I have many shortcomings, and I've decided that hiding my strengths should no longer be one of them. I am a law student, I am strong, I am resilient, I am creative, I am capable, I am blessed, I have overcome hard things, I am spunky, I have big dreams, I can do hard things, and I'm not sorry.