There is nothing sinful about striving to be your true, honest self. There is no sin in using the gifts God gave you to express yourself fully. God loves wondrous variety. No two people are made the same, no two snowflakes or blades of grass are created exactly alike. Even identical twins–though they share the same genetic makeup and DNA, are not entirely or completely alike in every way. There is something unique in each and every one of us. Each person has the capacity to express themselves uniquely. We each have our own unique dreams and wishes. We each have our own imaginations and personality quirks and our own desires and passions.

Yet the one thing we all share in common is that we were all made in God’s image. We are a reflection of the diverse expressions and qualities of an infinite God. We are all human. We all have blood in our veins and bones in our bodies and we each have the capacity to love one another and care about each other and our environment. We have the means to do great things.

Sadly, we also have the capacity to do great harm to each other and spread hate and inflict violence. We have the means to destroy God’s creations with almost mechanical indifference and cold aloofness. We have the means to stray so far from what is morally right that we no longer consider such a thing as a moral compass.

We lose all humility and think of ourselves as the masters of our own world.  We shrug off the consequences of our actions or equally dangerous inaction. We lose sight of the fact that we are on this single planet, sharing it with each other, and what we have at the moment is all that we have at the moment. We lose sight of the fact that everything we have is precious and too precious to waste or squander or hoard and keep solely for ourselves.

We lose sight of our potential to make this planet we live on a place where all humans can co-exist in peace and harmony. We lose sight of the fact that we are so much better than what we see around us today. We have tremendous potential and tremendous gifts that can help us achieve great things. We need to acknowledge these gifts and be humble about where they have come from. And we must recognize that we have been given life and this planet and these gifts for a purpose– and that purpose is to show God that we are not mistakes, errors in His divine judgment, or a disgrace to our own creation. We are here to live and thrive and love and be an example of the majesty of God’s miracles.


We are on this Earth because God wanted us to be here… to enjoy His creations and to be a beautiful and joyful presence. We can either go forward in that direction, expressing joy and love to God and each other, or we can let our own dark sides of nature take over and succumb to the evils of our own creation. We can look around us and claim the world is being thrown in a waste basket and it is no longer worth our caring. We can give in to apathy and we can surrender to our darker sides and assume that somehow life will be better if we think only of ourselves and only our immediate pleasure.

I’d rather face those things that I can change and do my best to change them for the better. I’d rather stay true to my moral compass. I’d rather live for the cause of social equality, compassion, kindness, generosity, and humanity than all God’s creations to be wasted and used or manipulated or oppressed. I’d rather try than give in or give up.

I can’t believe in a God that would just plant us here only so that we could find excuses for destroying ourselves and each other. I can’t believe that all this wonderful stuff surrounding me is here just to be exploited. I think because of the easy come, easy go nature of things… what we have should be cherished and treasured and appreciated and savored. And because everything is so precious and delicate and so impermanent, it needs to be protected while it is here– and that goes for people especially more so than things.

Just my two cents.



About Rachel Conlin McLeod

Transgender activist, Christian at First Baptist Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Social Sciences, B.A. in Sociology Freelance writer, tutor, research assistant Loves hockey, ballet, women's gymnastics, and Bible studies.
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One Response to Self-Reflection

  1. Kim McKinstry says:

    My sentiments exactly, nice,very nice Rachel.


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