My best friend is the mom I have always wanted to be. She and her husband had an idea for the life they wanted to create with their family and they have done just that. She is wise and creative in her parenting. Her kids are smart, creative, inventive and completely unique individuals. They’ve never been introduced to Pop Tarts or chicken nuggets. Instead, they get home-made granola bars, freshly grown vegetables out of the garden, and organic dairy and meat. I look at her life and think, “That’s what I want to do!” The problem: I’m me, not Elaine.
My sister is a force to be reckoned with. Strong, brave and outspoken she speaks her mind and makes a difference in the lives of those she works for and with. She doesn’t back down to the challenges of life, but rather, bowls them over with her indomitable spirit. So many times in my life I have been in situations where I thought, “If I were Libby, I would just say….” However, I am not Libby. I’m just me.
I could go on an on, but the sum of it all is this: God made ME. If he had wanted another Elaine or Libby, he would have made them. But he didn’t. He made me. Trying to live my life like someone else is a waste of the precious time God has entrusted me with here on Earth. You see, God has a plan for my life, the same as he has a plan for yours. And he has placed within each of us all of the gifts we need to fulfill that purpose if we would just give ourselves over to him!
God tells us, “I know the plans I have for YOU! (Jeremiah 29) I made you a mighty branch so that you might grow my fruit and bring it to the world. (John 15). I formed you in the image of my Son (Romans 8), in the image of ME, that my purposes might be fulfilled in your life. (Ephesians 1) I need you to be the person I created you to be.”
Talk about ultimate freedom!! The truth is, we don’t have to be the person we think we should be. Instead, we must strive to be the person God created us to be. So that is my goal this year, to seek the purposes God would have for me, to let go of who I think I should be and focus on who God designed me to be. I don’t know what the end result will look like, but I’m going to “press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (Philippians 3:12)
Blessings and Peace,