BE YOURSELF!

You (God) are the one who put me together inside my mother’s body, and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt. Psalm 139:13-14   

There are individuals we admire in life. These could be movie stars, sport stars, TV personalities, political leaders and so on. We see certain traits/skills in their life, and we love to be that or have it. It could be their success, wealth, achievements or extraordinary abilities.

Without any intentionality whatsoever, we might find ourselves taking to such people in many ways. We begin to adopt their lifestyle, their hairstyle, fashion style or mode of dressing. We begin to talk like them and carry ourselves like them.

But hear this: The best you can be of another person is a copy. And why would anyone die a copy when they’re born original! No matter how much you try, you can never be Arnold Schwarzenegger or Oprah Winfrey. The only person you can completely and perfectly be is yourself. Why not take a good shot at that? Why not go all the way for it?

Yes, we can be inspired by the examples of others; we can adopt their work ethics or discipline or morality. We can be motivated by their attitude or behavior. But that is where it ends.

While this is good and commendable especially if such people are positive role models, the best gift you can offer your family and generation is the gift of yourself.

Friend, you are unique. You are special. You are the best that this planet can have right now. So give it everything you’ve got. Be the best you could ever be. Work on yourself. Develop yourself. Go to work on yourself.

There is something special about you. There’s a gift in you which is unique to you. There’s something you can do better than others. There’s something that move in your heart that doesn’t move others.

And if you need help identifying what you’ve got, talk to the people around you. People could be a good mirror for us. Talk to your friends, family or colleagues. Ask them: What do you think is special about me? When you think about me, what comes to your mind? But above all, ask God. He puts you together and he best understands the content.

I read this quote by Jim Rohn many years ago and I want to leave it with you today:

“Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.”