You're Not #Basic

You're Not #Basic

Next time you want to use the caption #TypicalWhiteGirl, think twice.
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We've all seen it, and perhaps we've done it:

#typicalwhitegirl

#basic

#pumpinspicelattelife

Every time I see these self-identity claims as captions, I cringe. I cringe because what I see isn't a typical white girl at all, but a creative, beautiful, unique girl with lots to show the world. And she just so happens to love fall and Starbucks. Does that make her common?

Apart from being racially incorrect and insensitive, these hashtags destroy originality and self-confidence. They provide convenient places to store our identity, to fit in and to celebrate what we attribute as basic but is really far from it. What we don't realize, though, is that calling ourselves a "basic white girl" destroys what sets us apart faster than Southern weather destroys our ideals of fall.

Why do we do it, then? Why do we join in the choir of fabulous girls discrediting themselves? And how can we stop this trend?

1. We Want to Fit In

We just want to make our lives look like every other girl, hence the "typical" of #typicalwhitegirl. We settle for copying the culture's idea of "basic," trying to find acceptance in this crazy world where everybody knows everybody's business but nobody knows anyone's heart.

What if, however, we learn that we can't find acceptance from others until we find it in ourselves? We can't find acceptance in ourselves, though, until we find it in Jesus. But guess what? Jesus accepts us solely upon His love and character. He has already accepted us, so why are we trying to earn it from unsatisfactory sources?

"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God! And that is what we are!" (1 John 3:1)

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died from us." (Romans 5:8)

2. We Associate Frappes, Fall and Flannel with #typicalwhitegirl

Instagram teaches us that if we love Starbucks, falling leaves and sweaters then we must be a #typicalwhitegirl. We attribute our love for these things as a love to be #basic, when in reality they are a part of our complex personality. Culture tries to take the credit for our love for crisp air and pumpkin delights, but we do not have to give the credit to the culture. Maybe, just maybe, we like these things because, well, we like them.

"Since you have died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to this world, do you still submit to its rules?" (Colossians 2:20)

3. We are Lazy

Sometimes, it's just easier to follow the well-worm paths of other #typicalwhitegirls and not stand proud in our unique identities. It's easier to caption a photo with "Just a #typicalwhitegirl enjoying #pumpkinspicelattes and #fall" than to put ourselves out there and express something a bit more. If we go even deeper, it's easier to believe that we are simply #basic instead of finding out who we truly are.

Finding and expressing our identities is such a joy! Yes, it takes work, but every good thing does.

"A sluggard's appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied." (Proverbs 13:4)

4. We Really Believe That There's Nothing Special About Us


This reason saddens me the most. It makes me want to go and remind each girl that she is unique, beautiful and loved by God. Culture keeps encouraging us that is it okay to be #basic, sucking us into a spiral of normality and complacency. It creates a safe place to be typical, but it is not a joyful place.

But God made us with a specific purpose and snowflake-like personality. He made us to stand out, take a stand, and, most of all, stand upon His love. Only when we live this way will we find joy in being us.

"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10)

So to all of the girls who think that they're just a #typicalwhitegirl, living the #basic life, remember that God created you with a mission, a personality and an identity that's far from typical. It's beautiful.

Instead of #typcialwhitegirl, how about #DaughterOfGod? How about #ProudToBeMe?

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1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

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I started pulling out of my driveway on Monday. It seemed like a normal Monday and I was rushing to work (as usual). I then found out about a close family friend's death as I tried to get out of my driveway blocked by police cars. I got past them and finally reached the end of the driveway.

Then it struck me.

I stopped breathing. I became light-headed. I felt as if I could not go on. Why would all this hurt happen to me?

I had lost four people in five weeks and I was hurting more than ever before.

Why God? I shouted this question in my car on the way to and from work. I cried and cried and cried.

God does not always give us a why. But He does give us a promise. A promise to prosper us and not to harm us, to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

I began searching for solutions to my hurt... guys, friends, sports, busyness. I could not escape this hurt because I was missing out on the One who is the Ultimate Healer and the Ultimate Void Filler.

I decided to open my heart to those in my Christian community and I found these amazing lyrics from the son, "Though You Slay Me," by Shane & Shane:

Though You slay me
Yet I will praise You
Though You take from me
I will bless Your name
Though You ruin me
Still, I will worship
Sing a song to the one
who's all I need

Our hurt is never an excuse to ignore God. It is an opportunity to pursue God.

I do not need other things in this world to fill voids, I need God. I need Him every single second of the day. He is teaching me a lot during this season of hurt in my life: I should be thanking Him for the growth that I am experiencing in my life and thanking Him for the opportunity to love others hurting well.

If you are feeling the way I have been lately, I urge you to rest in the truth that you are by no means alone in your struggles. You must reach out to people in the church and ask for prayer and help. You must focus on what God is doing in your life as a result of the hurt you are feeling. I believe that God uses the people who feel most unusable to transform lives. God uses our hurt for His glory because He is a God who deserves all glory. How can you bring God glory in your life?

I wanted to conclude with this challenge: let your "whys" turn into your "thank yous" and your emptiness turn into the fullness that can only be found in God.

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