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”
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 try to 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.
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?