One of my biggest goals for 2019 is to read more, whatever that looks like. So far, for me, it’s looked like spending a lot of money at Barnes & Noble. Thankfully, I’m ok with dropping some cash there. My most recent purchase was this gem: Tailor Made: Discover the Secret to Who God Created You to Be by Alex Seeley, pastor at The Belonging Co. here in Nashville, TN.
Not going to lie, when I first started reading this book, I was a little worried that it wasn’t going to speak to me in the way I was hoping it would. Whenever I begin a new book in this genre, I always am expectant of a revelation by the time I flip the final page. Through the first couple chapters, I was thinking this book wasn’t going to tug on my heart. I was arrogant enough to think that I had my identity completely figured out.
I was wrong.
4 chapters into this book, and I’m seeing the cracks in my ego. Thank you, God, for revealing those to me. This book touches on so much more than just finding your identity in Christ. You read about Alex and her childhood, how her parents shaped who she saw herself as, how the world made her feel less-than, and her journey from that point to the strong Godly woman she is today. In these 200+ pages, you’ll read passages about how to forgive, how to move on, how to figure out who you really are and who God tailor-made you to be, and SO much more. SO. MUCH. MORE.
If you don’t think you need to hear the words in this book, I can almost guarantee you that you’re wrong. I didn’t think I’d find use for this book in my personal life, but God slapped me across the heart with some truth, and it’s now one of my favorite books.
“Being original should never be difficult, since it is part of your DNA. It takes more effort to be someone else than it takes to be yourself.” – Alex Seeley (page 184)
If you’ve read my testimony, you know that one of the biggest things I struggled with growing up was my identity. I looked for who I truly was everywhere except the one place that could actually give me the answer I was so desperately searching for: God. Now, as an almost 24-year-old, I’m getting a better picture of who God is calling me to be, and the words that God is speaking through Alex in this book are aiding me in that process.
“God is much more interested in who we are becoming than in what we are achieving.” – Alex Seeley (page 118)
“God is not looking for those who are famous; He is looking for those who are faithful.” – Alex Seeley (page 56)
These 2 quotes really stuck with me after finishing this book, and I have a feeling they’re going to stick with me forever. A lot of people are looking for recognition from the world – whether that’s from social media, their parents, their friends, etc. God is the only being that we should be concerned with pleasing. After all, He created you. He knows how what makes you tick. The world cannot give you the answer to who you’re supposed to be or what you’re supposed to be doing, because the world didn’t create you. The world didn’t write your instruction manual. God did.
If you’re struggling with knowing who you are and why you were put on this earth, I pray you’ll read this book and find comfort in it and in the words Alex put on the pages. She’s truly a gift from God, and I’m thankful that she had the courage to share her story.
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