Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Who Are You?

Most of us want to be considered as a unique individual. We all know those who have stood out in history like Jackie Kennedy (First Lady), Janet Guthrie (first woman to drive in the Indy 500), or Sandra Day O'Connor (first woman on Supreme Court). We've perhaps known a teacher, who in her spare time became a New York Times best-selling author, a neighbor who won an award for her special recipe key lime pie, or a female Air Force pilot who teaches aeronautical engineering at night.           

Many of us admire our own personal heroes. And some of us may even wish to imitate them because they are so different than anyone else. We forget that what we have inside is just as special and unique as the next woman out there that becomes another Kathryn Bigelow, first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director for the movie, The Hurt Locker (2010 film about the Baghdad war).     

Where is the delete button?
How about those of us who follow the crowd without even thinking? We try becoming a clone of someone we are not, nor never could be, perhaps simply because of our inherent personality or one of many other reasons. Not everyone was meant to be a pilot or a Supreme Court justice.  

We know our current lives have changed drastically through marital discord, and it may not feel as comfortable to be who we once were anymore. We want at times to just hit the delete button on our lives. But since that is not possible, we try to escape and pretend we are someone else. This can happen when we go to the extreme with a total body make-over, forcing our personalities to change, or pushing ourselves into a career that will never make us happy. There is nothing wrong with improvement by any means, but we must know who we are first to make that happen the right way. 

Our dreams can get seriously side-tracked when we attempt becoming someone we are not. All this striving to change our identity is rarely satisfying or fulfilling and sometimes even dangerous. It eventually even feels a bit dishonest. However, we don’t need to agonize over our lives; God knows what's going on with us. He has already made each one of us uniquely different on purpose and for our purpose. He has a plan!   

It's surprising, but recent studies have even shown the DNA of some identical twins differ. It's a fact, there is no one exactly like us! Our goal is simply to find out how to become us without copying everyone else and their behavior. If we seek God’s will and allow Him to transform our thinking in all we do and say, we will join God in His perfect plan for our lives. In the end, He gets all the credit because we can't do it without Him. And that's something to celebrate!

"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect" Romans 12:2 NLT 

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