Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-
If only we knew the power of originality. If only we knew how much we could impact the world by being the person God has created us to be. Last night, I had a dream about a group of people willing to be who they were in church: fearless, bold, unrestrained and the results were amazing. During my dream, I saw people giving their hearts to Christ without having to hear a preached word or an appeal for prayer. What if I told you that being your true authentic self had the power to save souls, heal broken hearts and to create freedom?
Think about it… God created us individually with different gifts, talents, personalities and strengths. No one individual is the same on purpose. For what one is proficient in and another struggles, community creates a space for teaching and perfecting. God desires that we live out the life that He has ordained strictly for us. If I was created to be a square and I aspire to be a circle, I will live out my life as a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. It’s not like the round hole is bad, neither is the community of circles evil or something- but I am aspiring to be someone that I was not created to be: a counterfeit version of myself. This is what we do, when we aspire to dress like someone, talk like someone, work in our craft like someone- we morph into these little counterfeit selves, forfeiting our power of originality. We are not bettering those around us because we don’t even know who we are. God designed us to create. We are to create beauty, love, community, friendship, justice and etc. Counterfeits do not create, they mimic- only what is original has the power to create and pioneer.
So what’s so powerful about being our authentic God-created selves? By walking in who God has created to be: we have the power to be solutions to problems, to be voices of reason in the midst of wrong, and to be the impacts of change we seek for this world. Being you is powerful, being someone else is not. If I bring this ideal to various locations such as a job, a school, or even a church: imagine what we would witness? Comparing ourselves one to another would diminish, because we would realize that being ourselves is enough and therefore we don’t have to worry about how others complete tasks. Insecurities like diseases would eventually eradicate because we would understand that God in his awesome power created us to be original and different, making our different styles of changing the world okay. Self-esteem issues would cease because as we reflect on our creation we would realize how priceless, rare and special we are since no one has the same DNA as us. Walking in our God-created selves would liberate the world.
So… yes, being you can be scary. Yes, being you can make others uncomfortable. But, who cares? To be ourselves can also liberate, eradicate and elevate as we better those around us. We have a responsibility to better the world: our way. We can’t go around mimicking others game plans and expecting those results. We need to go to the drawing board and seek the advice of the one who made us to create our own game plan, our own blueprint. Think of living life as an architect, creating and building in your own signature style. Or maybe think as a fashion designer yearning for your product to be different as it expresses who you are. Strive to stand out for pioneers do not blend with those who were not brave enough to lead the way.
Until next time,
“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” Psalm 139:14 NLT