My single “Diva Diaries” has been out for a week now and the line that people seem to really connect with is found in the bridge and sings, “imma do me.” After all the feedback I’ve received this week, it has made me think about what the message behind “imma do me” really is. First, I’d like to outline the main premise of the song for you divas so you can understand where this song came from.
I wrote this song at a time when I definitely wasn’t feeling confident or secure in who I was. Most of the lyrics in that second verse are about me trying to affirm myself as confident, and not needing the approval of others. I sing, “gimme all the glares…I don’t really care,” but let’s be real; I CARE. We all care what people think about us in some capacity whether we want to admit it or not.
So, when we come to the bridge, and I’m singing out “imma do me, if you don’t like you can leave,” I’m standing up for who I am and saying that I won’t change for someone in so that they’ll like me, approve of, and accept me. The Lord has given everyone unique traits, characteristics, and personalities that make each one of us different and original. Those things should be embraced, not hidden because we are afraid of what people will think.
However, I’ve found in my own life that I have to be careful about who I think I am and who Jesus says that I am. Just because I feel like something is “me”, if it doesn’t line up with the Word of God and what Jesus says about me, then it isn’t REALLY “me”. This has been something that I’m still learning about and dealing with every single day, like all of us I’m sure. We all live in a fallen world and sin can cause us to think and feel things about ourselves that aren’t true and are contrary to the Word of the Lord. What the Lord says about me is more important than what I think or feel about myself. What the Lord says about YOU is more important than what you think or feel about yourself.
So, in conclusion, when I sing, “imma do me”, I’m saying that I am going to be the ME that God made me to be. Not the person I think or feel that I am sometimes, but the human being made in the image of God that I truly am. It’s a nice thing to say, “imma do me if you don’t like you can leave,” but if we’re are in the wrong than that phrase loses it’s power and it’s true meaning.
I hope that when you listen to Diva Diaries you gain a sense of confidence and self-love. But, I pray that that confidence is rooted and grounded in Christ and Christ alone. True confidence is only found in Him, because He is the one who holds your identity and your purpose.
The simple truth of the matter is this;
So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.
You have been created in the image of God. So God KNOWS you, better than you know yourself. If you feel insecure, confused, inadequate, or unaccepted I urge you to look to your Maker for the answers you seek. He knows you better than you know yourself. Trust Him with who you really are!
With all the love I have,