I heard a short story on the radio in the spring of 2017 about this boy named Adam who was trying to be like his friend Bill. Bill was trying to be like his friend Cameron, while Cameron was trying to be like Dustin. (names may have been different but I hope you get the point)
The irony in the story is that Dustin was trying to be like Adam, and that Adam didn’t need to be like anybody else, he just needed to be himself.
This post is essentially 3 reasons why you should “Just Be Yourself” instead of trying to be somebody that you’re not, like a poser.
1. God created you to be original
The number one reason why you should just be yourself is because that’s how God made you! Life would be so bland and boring if we were all clones, kinda like unsalted crackers or tofu. Variety is the spice of life with not only food but music, clothes, activities etc.
The Bible says, “God created human beings in his own image”(Gen 1:27 NLT). This is why we like variety, because God made us that way. This is also why we are most like our creator when we are being creative, because God is creative.
We are all unique. When you find out who you are it is absolutely liberating. When you can embrace your ‘weirdness’ or uniqueness and confidently say, “I’m ok with who I am, I’m not worried about what other people think about me, I’m not living for man’s approval”, that is a very positive thing. The Bible teaches that we should be able to do that.
Perhaps the worst thing you can do is try to be an imitation of someone else that you were never meant to be. Nick Saban once said, “I think the worst thing a player can do is just not be yourself”. There’s a lot of truth in that. God didn’t make you to be like somebody else, he made you to be you!
With that being said, I can relate to those who may at times be depressed and feel more like a piece of trash rather than a work of unique art by the hand of the creator of the universe.
However, the truth is that we are God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10). Not only did he create us all to be unique but he has good things for us to do which he planned long ago. God knit us together piece by piece and watched us as we were being formed in the womb (Psalm 139:13-15 NLT).
What if you think you’re just too “different”? Keep on reading…
2. Throughout the Bible God used some very “different” people
You don’t have to look high and low in the Bible to see the variety of people that God used. To name a few, Moses had a stuttering problem, Rahab was a prostitute, Noah’s neighbors thought he was weird for building an Ark that was nowhere near water, King David was an adulterer and murderer, and perhaps the most unusual… John the Baptist ate bugs.
This is what God does. He takes all our uniqueness, but he also takes all our baggage, hurts, habits, hang ups and dysfunctions and says “I’m gonna use you, I can use all of it”.
I’ve known for quite some time that I’m a little weird… okay maybe a lot. It’s taken me many years, however, to embrace that ‘weirdness’/uniqueness, and to be honest I’m still trying to figure it all out.
But you know what, I’m glad I’m not trying to be normal. Normal sucks! Normal people don’t change the world. Normal is boring and bland.
Being normal is for those who are content with being ‘average’. Well guess what, average people work in jobs they hate, regret their lives, live emotionally flat, spend 9 years watching TV over a lifetime, lack willpower and character, and die from a heart attack or cancer.
Do you want to live an ‘average’ life or a life of mediocrity? We are all unique as our thumbprints and a key to unlocking our potential lies in embracing our uniqueness and then using it for something positive which leads us to #3.
3. God Wants To Use Your Uniqueness for His Glory
What kind of life is it to live in response to other people, pleasing people? That’s no good way to live.
You might be thinking “God could never use me, I’m too messed up”. You may be disqualifying yourself, whether it’s because of your dysfunctions, hurts, habits or hang ups. I know the feeling, I’ve been in that boat before.
Or maybe you want to be used but you don’t even know where to start.
The good news is that God created you unique for a reason and He wants to use your uniqueness. He put you together and will take you as you are.
There is no one else like you, so you bring something to the table that no one else has. The Bible says, “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.”(Romans 12:6a NLT)
Our uniqueness includes personality traits, spiritual gifts, natural abilities, experiences (positive and negative) and so much more!
Sometimes those negative experiences really put the brake on making a move towards stepping out. The good news is God never wastes a hurt.
Not only does God promise to walk with us through difficult times, but when we go through it God wants to take the good out of a bad situation.
This scripture sums it up well,
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NLT
The bad situation becomes an opportunity to bring glory to God and show what he can do in our lives. Then we can also use that experience to help someone else who is going through a similar situation.
Disclaimer: Being yourself does not excuse bad behavior. The aim is to use uniqueness for good, not evil.
The Challenge: Find your voice, Be who you are
Note: I created this blog post from a sermon at Foothills Community Church on April 23rd 2017 titled “Pajamas are Acceptable Attire” in the Lessons from Walmart Series