“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139: 13-16
It is not by happenstance that you look the way you look, you walk the way you walk, or that you talk the way you talk (speech impediment and all). God created us to be different to stand apart; well I will go as far as to say if God wanted everyone to be the same your name would be Sharessa Bass. But since He did not, and before He took out the time to even form you in your mother’s womb, He had set you apart and appointed you a position here in the earth. You are someone’s lesson and another person’s blessing, and God intends for it to be this way. You are in the right family (rather your views are good or indifferent on that), you were born in the right place and time, and your wonderful design has a purpose here on earth.
Harvard Medical School stated the following about a person’s body make-up: Everyone knows some people who can eat ice cream, cake, and whatever else they want and still not gain weight. At the other extreme are people who seem to gain weight no matter how little they eat. Why? What allows one person to remain thin without effort but demands that another struggle to avoid gaining weight or regaining the pounds he or she has lost previously.
On a very simple level, your weight depends on the number of calories you consume, how many of those calories you store, and how many you burn up. But each of these factors is influenced by a combination of genes and environment. Both can affect your physiology (such as how fast you burn calories) as well as your behavior (the types of foods you choose to eat, for instance). The interplay between all these factors begins at the moment of your conception and continues throughout your life. Join me in the Sanctuary as we seek the Father for acceptance for The Real Me.
Father, help us to learn how to accept the things about ourselves that we cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference. Help us to walk boldly in “The Real ME” that You have called for us to be. Father, give us the esteem that we need to accept our difference and embrace our uniqueness. Show us how to control that which is in our control, and relinquish the rest to You. Help us to learn how to walk upright in the world’s “no” and tap dance over the world’s ” yes” because we are the Father’s next Top Model. Father, we thank You right now for Your spirit of boldness that You are pouring into “The Real Me”, and we will continue to own it from this day forward in Jesus Name, Amen!
Contributed by: Sharessa Bass
Sharessa currently works for Wells Fargo Bank and is the CEO of The Real Me Foundation. She is a devoted mother of 5, originally from Whiteville NC and is one of 7 siblings. She is a faithful covenant member of The Sanctuary, and is passionate about sharing her faith in a very real way. If this devotional has fed your soul, please share with your friends and family. Click the social share button or leave a comment in the box below for Sharessa.