credit: Michelle Meiklejohn
He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away. ~ Raymond Hull
Genesis 3 tells the story of The Fall. God had created Adam and Eve to be the caretakers of a beautiful garden. He had a plan for them that would bring them perfect happiness forever. But because they lost sight of who they really were in God's plan, they became easily distracted by someone else's plan. And no else's plan but God's ever leads to joy and satisfaction.
God has a plan for my life as well. He has a plan for your life. And he has created us to suit that plan. He created us with the strengths, the personalities, and the talents that He knew we each would need to be suited to the plan He for us. But if we continually trim ourselves to suit those around us, or to become more like someone else, we lose ourselves, and or less fitted for that beautiful plan He has for us.
I want to be the person God created and equipped me to be today, not a poor impersonation of someone else. I want to walk in the path that God has for me, not the path that someone else lays out for me to suit their own intentions and plans.
I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You. ~ Psalm 139:14-18 (NKJV)