A stargazer lily doesn’t try to become a rose. A cardinal doesn’t aspire to be a robin. That’s ridiculous, you’re thinking. Yes, of course, it is. So why do you and I so often try to be something or someone we’re not?
God created everything to be a unique version of itself, the seed of that being embedded within. This is true of you, too.
You are a unique and special human being, designed to be one-of-a-kind. Your job is to become that person, be as authentic as possible, and let the seed that is you grow to its full potential. That isn’t always easy, is it? We’re often told by advertisements that to be popular, we need to wear certain clothing styles or act in specific ways. Where’s the room for authenticity in that?
Show up in your interactions with others as the person God created you to be. And love that person!
This message is excerpted from “Who am I? Will the real me please stand up?” by Sonia Solomonson from the July 12, 2021, blog of the Women of the ELCA.
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