By Kristy Solis
Maybe it is in our human nature, but we think we need to succumb to others or we need to be who others expect us to be. This expectation is even imparted to our children.
Sometimes, as parents, we may place unnecessary expectations on our children. When this occurs, it creates undue stress and anxiety in each one of us, whether it is an adult or a child, to be something that we are not.
Over time, I have learned to remind myself that I am not responsible for others’ expectations and to let it go. It is a work in progress to teach my children to do the same.
As the Lord leads all of us, we must encourage each of these children of God to “be who you are meant to be” or simply “be you.” When we let go and we let be, we align a path with the Lord.
My prayer is, “Lord, I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was being made, in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me.”
This reminds us of God’s creative power of our souls and that there is only one you.
Lord, hear our prayers to guide us to be the one who you intended for us to be, not what is expected from other mortals. Lord also guide us to let go of the burden of pleasing others or taking responsibility of expectations of others. Most importantly, Lord, lead us to be who we are meant to be in your image.