I read something powerful today that really hit me deep:
Find people who can handle your darkest truths, who don't change the subject when you share your pain, or try to make you feel bad for feeling bad. Find people who understand we ALL struggle, some of us more than others and there's no weakness in admitting it. In fact, few things take as much strength. Find people who want to be real, however that looks or feels, and who want you to be real too. Find people who get that life is hard, who get that life is also beautiful and aren't afraid to honor both those realities. Find people who help you feel more at home in your heart, mind and body, and who take joy in your joy. Find people who love you, for real, and who accept you, for real. They're out there, these people. Your tribe is waiting for you. Don't stop searching until you find them. - Scott Stabile
Pretty profound huh? I know who my "people" are, my "tribe" [I have mixed feelings about that word and how it's been used in the last decade LOL!] - I know I am not everyone's person and I do not want to be. I am extremely happy with who I am. I know that can make weak-minded, insecure souls feel uncomfortable and project their self hate onto me.
I am learning in this "season" of my life, God did not make me for everyone. I owe zero explanations or apologies (and I have made heartfelt genuine apologies to people who I now have learned, weren't owed one but they can keep it, no take backs.) to anyone who judges me, dislikes me, and refuses to educate their self-inflicted ignorance to understand me. I have truly fell inlove with my life. The heart break, the tragedy, the tears, the triumphs, the set backs, the come up's, the happy times, the humbling times.....all of it has molded me into who God has called me to be. I know that seems crazy or uncomfortable to people who don't believe in God or Jesus or genuinely have a misguided viewpoint of who God is and what and who He calls to do His works.
I found my "people". And they out shine the loud minority of people who aren't my folks. I found the people who love my transparency, who don't "cringe" at my reality, who don't make gross allegations that by me sharing my testimony I somehow do it solely for pitty or attention or exploitations for praise. They know I am open due to wanting others to know genuinely that they are not alone in being human and none of us have a perfect journey in life.
I have the people who don't care that I have learning differences, who do not use my "spelling mistakes" to define my intelligence. I found my people who enjoy my humor, my sense of comfort I find in sarcasm. My ability to speak boldly but respectful with it.
I found the people that God has for me and that would make anyone who truly doesn't know God to "cringe", be judgmental, to be lead by the worldly view of what and how you are supposed to be or look like. It would make the people who say "JESUS LOVES EVERYONE." but make the excuse that God couldn't possibly love you because they can't stand you feel inferior when their viewpoints hold no merit or value in your purpose. That would make the people who aren't your people, turn away from you. And that is okay, because you aren't made for them. Your calling in God's plans do not involve them either. So love those who hate you no matter how awful they can be and enjoy your people, your crew, your "tribe".
Who is your people?