“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
All we ever have to be is what God made us to be.
In junior and senior high school, I was a chameleon. A chameleon is an animal that changes color to blend in with his surroundings. I would do anything to fit in. One time in junior high, I had just transferred to a new school and ate several agonizing lunches alone, watching the other kids laughing with their friends. I was determined to make friends too.
I saw a girl crying across the playground. I went over to her and sat on the sidewalk next to her. I didn't say a word, afraid that she might yell at me or that I might say the wrong thing. When she noticed me, she started talking non-stop. ‘Do you like Duran Duran,’ she asked me, cocking her head to the side. Finally stopping to let me answer.
Not missing a beat, I replied, ‘Yes, of course, I do.’ I didn't know who Duran Duran was any more than I knew the cure for cancer. Eva and I became instant friends. Later, though, when she found out the truth, I became her enemy.
God never called us to be anyone other than ourselves. In fact, I think that it grieves Him when we try to be someone we aren’t, when we wish we could sing like Charlotte Church or preach like Billy Graham.
He designed us to have the exact personality traits, the exact talents and abilities necessary to fulfill the plan He has for our lives. By comparing ourselves to someone else and longing for what God gave them, we are really saying, ‘God, I know better than you.’
Do we know better than God? I know, I don’t.
God expects me to be the best me I can be. And He expects you to be the best you that you can be. Anything less would be a step out of His will.
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Annagail, Love your name. Never heard it before. Your column is a much needed lesson in trusting that God has a plan for each of us. Toward the end of you column, I'm not sure you need the comma here: "I know, I don’t." I think that can just be, "I know I don't" May God bless. And by the way, I went to a Duran Duran concert when I was just out of high school, and there was 10,000 girls in the arena and twelve guys. They has about three songs that were okay.
Grrr....They have (not has) about 3 songs that are okay. I really wish we had an edit feature on these comment boxes. Dan
This is good. We only have to be ourselves, not try to conform to anyone's standards except His. I wish I could go back in time with this truth--I spent a lot of time trying to be someone I wasn't so people would 'like me'. What a waste!