We are each created unique and God has a unique plan for our lives. This is something I believe and often preach, but it is so difficult to put into practice. A mark of true maturity is the point when we learn to “live in our own skin”. This isn’t something that comes naturally, but it is a place that we all should work towards. Instead, though, we work so hard to be like others, when the whole time God has made us the way we are for a specific purpose. In Psalm 139, King David writes this powerful truth: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…”
Have you ever thought that maybe God has made you with all your quirks and talents for a reason? As the above declaration by King David says, we are made by an intentional, purposeful God. You were created with unique skills, talents and yes, quirks to be successful with the unique purpose God has for you. If one day you woke up with your neighbors’ abilities, you would eventually find yourself failing miserably with God’s purpose for your life, because they were not made for you. So as you approach a new year and are wondering what you will become in 2010, can I encourage you not to strive to become like the next big superstar or mega-church pastor? Work hard this year to be the best version of who God’s made you…work to be the real you.