"Do not follow where the path may lead -- go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” --Unknown
In life, we all have “heroes” and people we look up to. I often make this statement to someone, “when I grow up, I want to be just like you.” There is nothing wrong with having a mentor, but at the same time, God made me to be just that -- me! If I am constantly trying to be someone else, the best I can ever be is second best.
Many people are cabooses, but we should strive to be engines. Years ago, my dad told me to, “avoid being a follower of the crowd.” If we are not careful, we will find ourselves conforming to be like those around us. Conformity is the jailer of satisfaction and the enemy of growth. Franklin Giblin once said, “Be yourself. Who else is better qualified?”
According to Samuel Johnson, “Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities he does not possess.” My responsibility in life is not to remake myself, but to make the absolute best of what God made me to be. Don’t compromise yourself, it's all you've got. If you are not careful, you will allow your life to be a constant struggle of trying to be what you’re not.
I am what God made me, and if He is satisfied with that, then I should be also!
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;” Psalms 139:14.
“You’re born an original -- don't die a copy.” --John L. Mason