Embrace Who You Are…

“By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10).

I hate to burst your bubble, but you can’t do WHATEVER you want to do.  You CAN’T be whatever you want to be.  My son is 6’5″ and weighs 225+ pounds.  If he said, “Dad, I want to be an olympic gymnast!” I’d tell him… “Son… God didn’t make you a gymnast.  He made you to play basketball.”  Michael Jordan wanted to play professional baseball but he didn’t have the skill set so he returned to basketball.  Phil Mikleson can’t be an offensive lineman in the NFL and NFL linemen can’t be NFL quarterbacks.  No matter how much one wants to be something, if they aren’t gifted in it… well, you get the idea.

God makes some one way and others another way.  As it is written in 1 Cor 12:18… “As it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as He chose.”  Our gifts, talents, abilities, passions, and physiology was genetically determined by God.  HE decided our hair and eye color… intellect… everything about us… including the degree to which we mature spiritually (Heb 6:1-3).

There are men I admire for their creativity… Biblical knowledge… and preaching skills.  Others I admire for their ability to sing, play an instrument, or write music.  I would have loved to have played college football at Alabama.  But none of those things happened for me.  And that’s okay because “I am what I am by the grace of God.”  I’m getting closer to being comfortable with how God made me.  God makes all of us according to His will and desire.  He is the potter and we are clay for Him to mold however He chooses.  Consider Romans 9:20-21…

Who are you, O man, to answer back to God?  Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” 21  Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honored use and another for dishonorable use?

So here’s a novel thought.  Embrace who God made you.  Be the best you can be according to the gifts, talents, and abilities He endowed you with.  Go after whatever your heart’s passion is and trust Him with the outcome.  Make sure that in what you do because, “God honors those who honor Him” (1 Samuel 2:30).  Whoever said this was right… “You are the best person there is at being you.”  So be all that God made you!

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