I’ve been thinking and questioning a lot lately if I’m really doing or being what God designed for my life.
I’m currently reading the ibook sample of John Ortberg’s “The Me I Want To Be”. I always read the samples before I purchase. That gets back to the terrible curse of indecisiveness and knowing details before I take the plunge. I'm fairly certain this one will end up in a purchase, because I’m relating so close to these writings.
In John’s words:
God did not create you to be anybody else. He pre-wired your temperament. He determined your natural gifts and talents. He made you to feel certain passions and desires. He planned your body and mind. Your uniqueness is God-designed.
Here’s the good news: When you flourish, you become more you. You become more that person God had in mind when he thought you up. You don’t just become holi-er. You become you-ier.
Flourishing means moving toward God’s best version of you.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.You are not your handiwork; your life is not your project. You life is God’s project. God thought you up, and he knows what you were intended to be.
I can’t wait to ready the rest of this book. This is exactly what has been dropped in my heart lately. I truly believe that if you are outside of God’s plan for your life, it will NOT flourish.
It was mentioned in a morning sermon recently at my church that if you pick up someone else’s bow that wasn’t fit/designed for your hand, then you most likely will be unsuccessful in your battle.
So, my personal goal is to be who God created ME to be because I’m unique by design. I was cut from a unique pattern and to try to change God’s intentions for my life would lead to failure.
The challenge: Be the best version of YOU…the you God created.
I think Einstein was on to something, the same could be said that if you live your whole life trying to be someone else, you'll live your whole life feeling failure because it's not what was designed for you.
“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree… they will flourish in the courts of our God.”