Seven days until the end of the Ultimate Blog Challenge for July – and five months until Christmas! Sorry, just had to throw that in there! 🙂 Here’s UBC post #25: free to be the person we are each meant to be!
I think many times it’s far too easy to compare ourselves and what we can do or not do with other people and their talents and successes. Yet if we do that, we’ll never become all we’re supposed to be if we’re too busy trying to be like someone else.
Likewise, we shouldn’t allow other people to control us, nor should we try to control other people.
There’s a fine line there, though, because it is important to have role models and mentors, and perhaps pattern our lives after their examples–and perhaps serve as role models and mentors for others–but not to the point that we all lose our own personal identities, and fail to follow the plan and purpose for our own lives.
“You don’t have to compare yourself or your abilities and accomplishments with those of others. You are free to follow the God-given plan for your life.
If you allow other people to become a law to you, thinking you must be like them, it steals your freedom, and it’s no one’s fault but your own. Likewise, you must not judge others or expect them to be like you.
Determine now that you will enjoy the liberty of living in God’s will…and allow others to live in liberty as well.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right” [Day July 24]
What do you think? Do you lack self-confidence to simply be yourself? Do you ever feel like the person you are isn’t acceptable?