While working at an all boys school we noticed how students would start to change dramatically somewhere around the 3rd or 4th grade. The kids in kindergarten through 2nd grade were totally themselves without pretension (funny word pretension, looks like this behavior brings on tension). They were sincere in their pursuit of happiness and then suddenly became painfully aware of what others thought about them (to the point that they’d try to please the very people that were treating them poorly).
Most people I know don’t like the sound of their own voice when they hear it recorded for the first time. It doesn’t match up with what they perceive their voice to sound like. Getting comfortable with ourselves can be a difficult path. Loving ourselves is a foreign concept to many. It’s a journey worth taking.
I once heard a preacher ask, “Did it ever occur to you that nothing occurs to God?”. He’s not surprised by your weaknesses. Jesus offered up His life as a sacrifice because we all need a Savior. He knows you completely and loves you because He is love.
It’s time to relax and allow God to work through you in the very special way that He has designed you. Be real.
Psalm 139:1 O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.