For most of my life, the slogan for the US Army was “Be All You Can Be.” I regularly saw that phrase co-opted by the Church for various youth events and what have you. The culture wars have been raging my whole life and it makes sense that the Church thought that using something associated with the military would help. We were soldiers in the Lord’s Army. We needed to be all we could be.
Being all I could be was tough. Lots of rules to follow. Lots of deciding who was in and who was out. Lots of fear to contend with. Lots of questions that needed answers. But no matter what, I could never reach that mythical “all I could be.” It was always just out of reach.
So I gave up.
I didn’t have to be anything.
And when I gave up, I found that there was so much more to be.
When I gave up following all of the rules, I found more love.
When I gave up caring who was in and who was out, I found more peace.
When I gave up fear, I found that there was more joy.
When I gave up trying to answer the questions, I found more faith.
When I gave up trying to be all I could be, I found more of God.
And He helped me be more than I could be.