Growing up, I wanted to be Barbara Mandrell. I loved music. I loved her. For years, I studied her. I’d listen intently to how she sang a song. I’d watch her every move on stage like a student eager to learn. People would tell me that I sounded just like her, and I delighted in that fact. It was like getting an “A” in class. A stamp of approval. Well done student, you’ve studied hard…mission accomplished.
I was well into my twenties before I became mature enough to realize that God made Barbara, uniquely Barbara. And He wanted me to be uniquely me.
We are, undoubtedly, going to be shaped by our role models/mentors…but we shouldn’t lose our own “voice” in the process…
I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works, my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14
For we are His workmanship created created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
God designed each of us on purpose and with purpose. There are things you can do that no one else would do quite the same way, cause they’re not you. There are lives you can touch that others couldn’t touch…at least not in your same unique way.
I just recently purchased this “word art” and hung it my office to remind me that I want to excel at being me. When I’m asked to speak, I don’t want to imitate another speaker. When I’m asked to sing, I don’t want to try to sound like another. In my approach to my job, I want to approach it in my own, personal style.
I’m not saying we can’t learn from others…we can all learn from others. I just don’t want to lose my own unique “voice” at the expense of mimicking someone else’s…and I don’t want you to either.
God created you to be you.
In a world where you can be anything…BE YOURSELF
May we follow Christ so closely that we excel at being exactly who He designed us to be.