This week I wanted to do something a little different. I’m an English teacher which means and I am heavily involved with classic to post-modern literary works. One of my favorite poems is “Woman” by Nikki Giovanni…
she wanted to be a blade
of grass amid the fields
but he wouldn’t agree
to be the dandelion
she wanted to be a robin singing
through the leaves
but he refused to be
she spun herself into a web
and looking for a place to rest
turned to him
but he stood straight
declining to be her corner
she tried to be a book
but he wouldn’t read
she turned herself into a bulb
but he wouldn’t let her grow
she decided to become
and though he still refused
to be a man
she decided it was all
© Nikki Giovanni
So many times we as women find ourselves trying to be what others want us to be. Whether it’s a man, friends, family, bosses, or co-workers we try to mold ourselves into what the world would have us to be. The mistake we make is that we do not realize that all we need to be is the woman that God wants us to be.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
When I read this verse I knew that it was for me. For so long I have tried to be what others want me to be. I have tried to be the ultra strong mother, the obedient daughter, the faithful friend, the dynamic teacher and it would pain me if I at any time slipped up in any one of these areas. I even found myself changing around certain people because I felt that’s how I needed to be so that they would approve of me. I thank God so much for growth over the years. I am a sinner saved by grace. My life is in no way perfect and I will never pretend that it is. It’s funny that when you study the life of Christ, His time wasn’t spent with the holy leaders of the temple, they were with those who needed Him the most: the sinners. As He did with Zacchaeus, I thank God for stopping by while I was in my tree to save me (I’ll speak more about this lesson next week)!
I simply want to say thank You. Thank You for never giving up on me. Thank You for allowing me to fall and being right there when I got up. I will continue to do my best to live how You would have me to live. I ask that You continue to sustain me and strengthen me in my daily walk. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Today I EMPOWER you to be the woman who GOD wants you to be. It’s ok if you mess up because God is ALWAYS there with open arms waiting for you to return.
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Shawna Dix is a mother, educator, and all around child of God. She is passionate about God, her son Jalen, family, friends, and her students. She loves teaching because it allows her to shower our youth with love and guidance. She resides in Pentagon City, Virginia and works hard educating inner city youth in Washington DC. She prides herself in being a realist. She exclaims that she is in no way, shape, form, or fashion perfect but she has accepted that she serves a perfect God who is able to do ALL things!