In 2008 Francesca Battistelli came on the Christian music scene with her debut CD “My Paper Heart” and the hit single “Free to be me”. The song is catchy and upbeat so like many such songs, it was severely overplayed by Christian radio stations. Now that a few years have passed, it is time we give this song another look and see how it relates to our discussion of the ideal person.
In a previous post, Neil spoke about the need to find significance in order to achieve the “ideal self”. As Christians, we can know that our significance is not dependant our achievements. We do not have to be successful businessmen, skilled doctors, or effective counselors in order to have a secure identity and an ideal self. Our significance is found in being a child of God and with that unshakable security, we are free to live and pursue our goals without fear. As Francesca Battistelli puts it:
On my own, I'm so clumsy
But on Your shoulders I can see
I'm free to be me
As Lauren stated in her post about ideal functioning, “There is a level of subtle perfection that we feel must be achieved before we can be considered ‘normal’.” The world demands that we achieve this ideal state on our own or possibly supported by friends and family. We aren’t perfect though. Actually, we aren’t even close, and that is great! As Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:9
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
So what is the ideal person? Someone continually becoming more like Christ Jesus and thereby becoming the person they were born to be. Carried on the shoulders of God, I am at last “free to be me”.