“Be the girl God uniquely made as you,” singer Tori Kelly says to her 12 year old self in a new ‘I Am Second’ video.
In the 6 minute video Kelly shares how growing up people told her she was a great singer. That became her identity, and a problem when record labels wouldn’t sign her.
“Every executive that I would talk to, there was always some reason they didn’t want to sign me,” she said. “They wanted me to be this outgoing, bubbly personality, which I didn’t have, and that’s when I really started comparing myself to other people,” Kelly says in the video.
Becoming emotional, the Hallelujah singer shared how she learned to find her true identity.
One day you’re going to grow into your own skin and be the girl that God uniquely made as you. And you don’t have to compare yourself to anybody,” Kelly says at the end, in a message to her 12-year-old self and anyone else who might be struggling with finding their true identity. “I didn’t have to change myself; I can just be myself.
Once she “surrendered” to God the doors began to open. She quoted Philippians 3: 7–8 as her life scripture which says: “Whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.