Please Be You

18 Jun

Let’s keep going with our “Top-Ten” things we WON’T ASSUME this year.

We will NOT assume:

10.  We know it all.

9.   We can read people perfectly.

8.    We have to be like someone else.

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”  Judy Garland

Isn’t that a great quote? Because sometimes we look at others and assume we have to be like them—instead of being who God created us to be.

Do you know and value who God has created you to be?

My husband is a great musician and singer. Sometimes I wish I could join him up on stage and sing my heart out with him, like on the show DuetsBut that’s not my thing. I guess could try to make it my thing, to pursue it anyway. (But the sound man would probably mute my microphone!)

A better idea: focus on the gifts God has given me. Recognize that He has a plan for my life, that He’s created me for something very special. Something He needs me to pursue for His glory and for the benefit of others. Because it’s not all about me.

Doesn’t our culture sometimes make us feel like it is? That if our gifts/talents aren’t things which could make us famous or grandiose, they aren’t worth very much?

But that’s simply not true!

Question: What is Billy Graham’s mom most famous for?

Billy Graham, of course! (Her name was Morrow Coffey Graham.) I’m sure Mrs. Graham had lots of gifts and talents, but the ones she used raising her son helped shape him into a man who would eventually bring millions of people to Christ. In that way, she had a part to play in the lives of all those people, too…That’s pretty amazing!

I once heard a story regarding Dr. David Cho (who has pastored a church of  1 million people in Korea). It was said he first heard the Gospel from a pamphlet given to him by a young girl who was passing out tracks, door to door. She had no way of knowing to whom she was giving one of those pamphlets (someone who would eventually accept Christ and pastor a huge church). Even so, she influenced the lives of millions of people from her decision to be who God wanted her to be: a girl willing to go door-to-door and hand out tracks to strangers.

Do you realize that you have gifts & talents that God has given you for a reason. And that reason is eternally important. Way bigger than what you can see or imagine right now. If you spend time trying to be someone else, then the rest of us miss the benefit of you being who you were created to be.

Have you ever read an interview of a famous person and realized that this beautiful, talented person doesn’t see it in herself? That, even though she may be gifted and admired, she is still longing to be someone else? Or longing to know who she really is when the glitz is stripped away?

Do you realize that if you’re trying to be someone else, people who love you may be shaking their heads, wondering why you don’t see how beautiful and valuable you are?

So don’t waste a moment feeling bad about not being like certain girls you see at school, work, on TV, in magazines, or on friends’ Facebook pages. God doesn’t want you to be them. He has a plan for you that’s all your own. (And it’s incredibly valuable. Eternally so!)

Actually, the only one we’re supposed to be like is Jesus, and as you become more and more like Him (day by day, year by year), you’ll better understand the you that God considers a beautiful masterpiece.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

Have a fabulous week being you!

Remember: you are loved—and you are not alone!


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