One major epidemic in the world today is that everyone wants to be the next big name instead of being the first them. And the thing is, it takes no effort to be like someone. All you have to do is copy their mannerisms, copy how they talk, and simply do what they do. However, it takes faith to be original, but you are being led on a path you, or no one else, have been on before, no one but God.
Learning how to access the original identification we are called to requires us getting detoxed of who we are not. We have to really face our fears and ask ourselves a lot of questions, questions like, “what do I like? Who am I really? What am I called to do? Where is my place in the world?” It takes a strong spiritual consciousness and awareness to ask ourselves these questions so we can understand who we are even the more.
The problem with copying others is that we can be so far into it that we do not even know ourselves. We don’t know what our favorite color is; we don’t know what gifts are inside of us; we don’t know what our passions are, and it’s all because we have been so busy imitating others that we do not know us.
There is a difference between learning from someone and copying them. Yes, it is necessary to learn foundational principles like integrity, Godly character and the like. But the way God desires to speak through each of us is different. The way we live should be according to His will and plan for our lives and not living vicariously through someone else.
Another hang up that keeps us from being original is that we do not accept our God-given value. We feel like we are only successful if people say we are, that we are only powerful if certain things manifest in our lives like we’ve seen manifest in others. This is simply not true. The lack of fathers in the lives of children today has opened the door to the lack of identity in the natural, but I’m so glad that none of this took God by surprise! Our identity was in Him before our parents knew each other! God told Jeremiah in chapter 1:5, ‘before I formed you in your mother’s womb I knew you.’
Think about it this way. When we try so hard to be like someone else we are robbing not only them but ourselves of the delight of being who we really are. And anyone who wants you to be like them is secretly dealing with their value being placed in your hands as to say that you hold the key. That’s too much pressure to put on anyone. No one deserves that; no one can handle that but God. This is why our value is in the Cross, the blood of Jesus.
So in closing, as you reflect on today’s thought, meditate on the fact that you are original, and no one can be you but you. Make the decision not to waste anymore time trying to be like anyone else but to be the best you for God. Let’s go!
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