Grace was given to each one of us
according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
In his excellent book, Eternal Echoes, John O’Donohue writes this, “… for as soon as you rest in the house of your own heart, doors and windows begin to open outwards to the world.” Engaging with the rest of the world in a rich and positive way depends on being at home with yourself by yourself. Your home is within yourself.
We are created with that sense of home within ourselves. The life within us, the full sense of who we are, is placed within us when we were “fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)”. The grace, or gift, which is within you and describes you, was woven into your life by Jesus when you were first created. Ironically, when we most deeply settle into that identity and gift we can feel the most alone. It is that very gift and identity, and the way we uniquely live it out, which opens up the rest of the world to us. Instead of connecting with others so as to not be alone, we begin connecting to others in a very real way. It is also a connection that opens up our powerful flow of creativity.
The more you are at home with yourself, the more you will have a sense of belonging with others. The more you connect with others out of your own identity, the more real and life-giving those relationships will be. The more you connect with others, the more you will find new ways to express yourself in new, creative ways expressing who you have been all along. God created us to creatively give and receive that level of encouragement and affirmation.