It was a sweet realization. She had lived most of her life with such insecurity, so easily manipulated. It was a long time coming, that milestone. Sweet, indeed, to realize that she could no longer be ‘put in her place’ by others, because she knew her place. She knew, and was comfortable with who she was.
And who was she? She was a woman who had known pain and heartache in abundance through her life. She was a woman who cared deeply about others, and never desired to hurt or offend, although she most definitely had a temper that could flare up if the right buttons were pushed. And what was her place? Her place was not higher than anyone else, but finally as good as anyone else…as worthy as anyone else to be who she was, with her opinions and her strengths…and her personality. She was created in God’s image, and loved by Him.
Had that lack of confidence somehow morphed into arrogance? No! She knew and accepted her own failings and limitations, and would readily admit them. But she no longer defined herself by them…no longer allowed others to define her by them, or by ones that they determined belonged to her.
That day, with the realization of her new found confidence, she couldn’t stop smiling. Sweet, indeed.