Do you know that you are God’s masterpiece?
What do you think this means for you as an individual?
Oscar Wilde, gives an appropriate response in the following quote ascribed to him:
Be yourself – everyone else is already taken!
This world is filled with people who do not appreciate their uniqueness. They do not believe they have anything worth offering to others. And there are those who are so besotted with the image of another that they seek to replicate him/her.
I am sure you’ve seen on stage or TV (if not in real life), those who earn money from being look- a-likes, or who pattern themselves on well-known celebrities, such as Marilyn Munro, Michael Jackson or Elvis Presley.
There are even people who will buy the same product used or worn by a celebrity they admire, because they somehow wish to emulate the lifestyle of whomever they deem to be cool, or successful, or hard, or whatever.
Women of Warfare followers, whom are you emulating?
A self-help book I’d read a while ago, mentioned a certain young man who’d started a new job and then began dressing and acting like his new work colleagues, even though the way they dressed and the cars they drove etc., was not a fit for his personality. In the end, he did not recognise himself!
And what about the marketing gurus, who sell idealised beauty, holidays, homes and lifestyles? Now there’s absolutely nothing wrong with following the lead of somebody you admire, or seeking to improve yourself, but to do so to the extent that you become a fake copy of someone else, rather than enjoy and express your own authenticity, is too, too sad.
It’s sad for your poor self-esteem, which has been squeezed into the mould of that person you’d much prefer to be. It’s sad for the people around you, who do not get to benefit from the unique gift you are to the world around you. And it’s mega sad for our wonderful Father-God, who took great care in designing and creating you.
Are you guilty of thinking, or feeling, or even saying that you are not good enough?
What has motivated those thoughts or feelings?
Is it peer pressure, or insecurity?
Can I tell you that the worth of anything is determined by the price someone is willing to pay for it? Well, based on that premise, guess what? You are invaluable!
Jesus gave his life for you. Jesus shed his precious, incorruptible blood for you.
…you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold… but with the precious blood of Christ… (1 Peter 1:18-19)
You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men (1 Corinthians 7:23)
So, don’t allow people (your peers, the media, even your enemies!), to dictate whom you should be, how you should behave, what you should buy etc., particularly if doing so cuts across the grain of your own authenticity.
Your uniqueness is God’s gift to you and how you express that uniqueness is your gift to those around you. [click to tweet]
Isn’t it about time you unwrapped yourself?
Carol (aka Lady Cee)
Author of: Petitions From My Heart
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