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Be Yourself – NOT Someone Else – August 13 Inspiration

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Be yourself. NOT someone else. You may admire someone else, idolize someone else, or actually be envious enough of someone else that you try to be just like that person. The problem is, you can only truly be the individual person you were meant to be–not a carbon copy of someone else.  You are valuable for who you are, who God made you to be, and you are precious in His sight.

 

 

 

Here is today’s inspiration…

“God has created us to be different from one another,

and He has done it on purpose.

Each of us meets a need,

and we are all part of God’s overall plan.

When we try to be like others,

we lose ourselves,

and we grieve the Holy Spirit.

God wants us to fit into His plan,

not to feel pressured trying to fit

into everyone else’s plans.

We should feel free to love and accept ourselves,

and one another, without feeling pressure

to compare and compete.

Secure people who know God loves them

and has a plan for them

 are not threatened  by the abilities of others.

God gave us gifts

and wants us to focus on our potential

instead of our limitations.

Our goal should be to find out

what we individually are supposed to be,

 and then succeed at being that.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

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My reflections:

This is  such an important message for all of us to remember. While we can certainly learn from one another, and emulate admirable qualities and behaviors that will improve who we are, we shouldn’t be “fake” and put on a false front to try to be someone we’re not. We especially shouldn’t try to be someone other than ourselves because of someone else’s expectations.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Are you  content with who you are?

Have you ever tried to be someone else just to please another person?

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3 Comments

  1. Mike Gardner

    I heard a saying a long time ago that resonated and has stuck with me, which sums this up and that is “You can never get being you wrong”

    14 . Aug . 2016
  2. Irene

    Thank you for the reminder to be authentic. It’s easy falling into the trap of wanting to change yourself and be someone else and ended up unhappy.

    14 . Aug . 2016
  3. Alana

    I am content, and for that, I think I can thank my parents. They valued me for who I was. I never felt I had to put on a fake personality to attract a man, or to be part of the “in” crowd. Thank you, Mom and Dad!

    14 . Aug . 2016

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