There is one word we need to take out of our vocabularies. It’s the word “just”. As in, I’m just a social worker, just a mom, just a pastor’s wife.

I find myself wanting to say things like that all the time: I am just an amateur blogger. I am just an aspiring author – I haven’t actually done anything worth noticing yet. Keep going and don’t mind me.

Why do we spend so much time trying to downplay what we contribute to the world?

When will we have done enough where we can stop saying I am “just” a ______, and simply be what we are, without apology, without caveat, without shrinking it down?

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What accomplishments must we achieve to warrant us removing the word “just” from the sentence?

Insecurity is never satisfied. It will always require more of us. It will always assume that we have not done enough yet to be fully who we want to be.

It will infinitely undermine the good we do, leading us to believe we must do more. More. More.

No one is just a human. So let’s quit downplaying our roles and contributions in the world.

I propose we take the “just” word out completely. You’ll have to stop apologizing for everything you haven’t done and proudly own all that you have done.

Say who you are and what you do with confidence. Let it be your mission statement. Own it. It’s you.

This is me: “I am a woman who mothers and nurtures, coaches, pastors and counsels. I am a woman who communicates transforming truth with boldness.

And now it’s your turn: Who are YOU?

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2 thoughts on “You Are Not Just A Person

  1. We always think that who we are, what we’re good at, isn’t anything special because we’re used to ourselves. Those strengths seem to “come naturally” because that’s how God made us.

    But you’re totally right: we shouldn’t downplay those things. Not only does it give us a distorted perspective, but I think it also dishonors our maker.


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