You often hear the word brilliant used to describe gifted doctors, amazing business people, the size of the ring you want your future husband to buy you, etc, etc. The list goes on and on. The word brilliant is not one you hear carelessly tossed around like high school girls use the word pretty when they’re on Instagram. It’s a special word reserved more often than not for special people. It’s tough to get up in the morning look in the mirror and think you’re right, I am really am brilliant God. That’s why I’m going to my minimum wage job, because I’m so brilliant.
The definition of the word brilliant is having an exceptional talent or intelligence. I can honestly say I almost laughed when I read that definition to myself. Because I’m pretty sure the only exceptional talent I have is the number of times I can manage to fall down when walking across a flat surface. And as for intelligence, well attending Grove City College, where people are constantly telling me their incredibly high SAT scores means I don’t normally spend my days feeling like I’m the smartest person in the room.
The crazy thing is part of the essential makeup that makes me who I am includes the brilliance that God created me with. I know that He alone created me to do specific things that not everyone can do. In 1 Corinthians 12:4 it says, “ There are all kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in men.” To put it plainly, God gave us all different kinds of gifts that we alone specifically can use.
I know that sometimes it’s hard to feel like you’re exceptional when you’ve had a hard day at work where everything that could’ve went wrong did, or when you scrolling online and notice that you once again were excluded from an outing with the people who are supposed to be your friends, but you are.
And guess what? God, the sovereign Lord of all things, handpicked and equipped you to help Him further His kingdom. He can use us even when we think we have sinned too much, failed too much, or are just not brilliant enough to handle what He has asked of us. It doesn’t even have to be something that seems like a brilliant task, it can be as simple as telling a friend who has been down in the dumps that her hair looks nice or befriending someone who is an outcast at school.
The truth is, though, we can’t help our Father out if we are too busy beating ourselves up. So what does that look like in everyday life?
- Pray. Pray to God that He will help you to see yourself as brilliant like He does. Pray that He will help reveal to you what your talents are and how He wants you to use them.
- Stop doubting. There are so many examples in scripture of God providing us with gifts. Believe that He has something great in store for you.
- When you wake up in the morning and look at your makeupless, sleepy eyed self in the mirror, instead of immediately going for those toxic thoughts, practice saying, “I’m a brilliant creation of God.” The more you say it, the more God will help you to believe it.
The first part of you embracing the beauty that God has uniquely created inside of you is believing you are exceptional, brilliant. No matter what society, boys, and petty girls tell you, the God of the universe thinks you’re a treasure of creation that can only be described by using a special word like brilliant. Let His opinion of you be the one that counts.