Just be yourself. 

Do you ever look at giants of faith and wish you could be like them. Maybe you just have a friend who just seems to say the right thing at the right time to the right people and sees God do amazing things? It’s very easy to start measuring yourself against them, and beginning to feel very inferior.Maybe you try and copy their style, words and actions.

Do you succeed? Does it make you feel better about yourself? Do you feel more comfortable with you?

I have done all of the above in my time. And I have felt very inferior. I have felt that I was only acting at this whole Christian thing. The problem with copying someone is that when they are no longer there to copy you either have to admit that it was all an act, or find out who you really are.

God started to speak to me a while ago about me. He assured me that he loved me as me. He wasn’t impressed when I was trying to be someone else. And because he loved me as me, he had plans for me. He knew me, and how I ticked. My strengths and weaknesses. My fears.

The danger with trying to emulate others is that when they are gone, you need to find someone else to follow – and all that change can be painful.

One of my biggest fears was that at some point someone would figure out that I was simply a pretty good imitation of someone great. That I was simply pretending. The one that I was most fearful would find out was Father God himself.

Psalm 139:15-16 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

But He told me that he already knew all about me. That He loved me, and what I thought I was me putting on a pretty good act was genuine relationship. That the words he was putting in my mouth were words from him – not simply recited.

But the best thing was that I didn’t have to imitate anyone else. In fact, it would be better if I didn’t. He wanted me to be me.

And He wants you to be you. He loves you. He has plans for you. He wants you to fulfil these plans by you being you, not someone else.

This song by Will Reagan and United Pursuit has helped me. I pray it will help you.

I don’t want to ride on somebody else’s passion

I don’t want to find that I’m just dry bones

I want to burn with unquenchable fire

Deep down inside see it coming alive

Help me find my own flame

Help me find my own fire

I want the real thing

I want Your burning desire

Do what only You can do

In my heart tonight,

There’s no better time

There’s no better time

There’s no better time

There’s no better time

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