A couple of weeks ago I made a logo for my life, ‘X=ME’. In maths ‘X’ is the unknown factor, so X=ME is saying that I’m the unknown. Having that as the answer means that I know that and I’m OK with that.
You are God’s masterpiece... Don’t ruin an original.
When I was younger I got bullied a lot. The people who bullied me only did it because they wanted to be liked and feel important. I hated it so much that I tried to change who I was. I changed a lot, like my attitude, my clothes and the way I treated other people. I made these changes just to be liked by people who didn’t care about me. No matter what I did, it still didn’t make them like me.
Eventually I came to the conclusion that I was ruining a masterpiece by changing myself. I started to think about what God had given me, instead of what I didn’t have. I realised that God was way more awesome than all that other stuff in life and what I have is a whole lot more important than what I don’t have.
Even though I’m still figuring me out, I’m OK with it. You see X=ME and X is the unknown. I realise that all I need to be is God’s masterpiece and He’s still got a lot of work to do on this masterpiece (well I hope so, I am only 15).
God has taught me that I should be who God wants me to be, that is who I am, instead of trying to be something that I’m not. Nothing else works. Take it from someone who knows.
This Bible verse I really like because it’s saying that even though I don’t know who I am, God does, and it’s going to be OK: “I know what I’m doing, I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not to abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for” (Jeremiah 29:11, The Message).
You are God’s masterpiece, too. Don’t ruin an original.
*Views represented in Opinion are not necessarily those of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Rachel Rankin is 15 and writes from New South Wales.