It can be a challenge: to be true to yourself. It is a challenge we are each faced with each day in our lives.
To help you to be true to yourself, remember these key points:
1. You are the only YOU God made.
God broke the mold after He made you. Well, he didn’t even need to make a mold-He fashioned each of us individually, knitting us together in our mother’s womb. (Psalm 139)
God created each of us as a masterpiece, a unique creation. How amazing is that!? God loves you and me so much that He created each of us to be different from each other and to stand out. He did not make us carbon copies of each other. That was not His design or His purpose.
I don’t know about you, but when I ponder this, it takes me a while to wrap my thoughts around this reality. God really made ME to be unique? Out of all the people He created, He took the time to create me?
It really is amazing to think about.
2. God created you for a purpose.
Yes, He did. In fact, I personally think God created each of us for many different purposes.
Primarily, God calls us to know, love, and serve Him.
Secondly, God calls us each to a vocation especially designed for us in which we can know, love, and serve Him best.
Thirdly, God gives each of us talents and abilities uniquely suited to us that will help us live out our vocation well and will help us to fulfill the missions He gives us in our lives.
Knowing that God has a plan for each of us and our lives is, to me, quite remarkable. Our God is the One Who made Heaven and earth and He made you and He made me. He didn’t have to do that, but He chose to.
The One Who made heaven and earth actually took the time to make you, and to make me. Isn’t that incredible? God does not waste time. He won’t do something without a reason to do it. This means that He created each of us on purpose. He wants us. He loves us. He even died for us.
This is what we need to remember always: God had a purpose and a plan when He made each one of us.
He had a purpose and a plan when He made you.
(See also, “What is my Purpose?”)
3. God knows your heart.
Since God created us, He knows us inside and out. He knows what makes us happy and what makes us sad. He knows what will challenge us and help us to grow in our lives and ++grow closer to Him.
Because of this, we can trust in God to help us to understand ourselves-who we are deep in our hearts. He will help us to grow in knowledge of ourselves. We can trust in God to help us to also know how to live our lives-from discerning and faithfully following our vocation to living well our day to day lives.
Live your truths.
Knowing and doing are two very different things! When we put into practice and do what we know to be true, our lives look different. We are not hiding or only living half way.
When we know more about God and His love for us, we try to live in His love and reflect His love in the way that we live our lives.
Live the truth that you are created in God’s image.
This is another amazing reality of our existence: God created us in His own image. (Genesis 1:27) We can honor God in respecting the way He made us.
When we live our lives honoring God, our Creator, we are happier. When we live our lives in a way that honors the way we are uniquely created by God, we will remain true to ourselves and we will be happier in life, no matter what comes our way.
When we live this truth, we stay connected to God, rooted in Him and in His love for us.
Live the truth that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (from Psalm 139:14)
There is no one like you on earth. God made you unique. Live in the way He had called you to live, for no one else has the same combination of talents and abilities that you have; no one else has the same mission that you have.
Don’t try to live like someone else. That is not your mission.
You are the only one who can live your life. Live it to the best of your ability.
Live the truth that God loves you.
God created you because He loves you. He has a plan and a purpose for you. He will help you to know what that is and He will help you to live it faithfully. He will help you to be true to who you are. He wants what is best for you.
God is with us every step of the way. He did not create us and then abandon us. He continues to work in our lives, loving and leading us.
Always be true to yourself.
Part of being true to ourselves is knowing who we are. Knowing who we are means knowing Who created us. We honor God and respect who He created us to be when we live our unique lives and our unique mission.
Be true to yourself. No one else can be.
Here is a link to one of my favorite songs: “Live it Well” by Switchfoot. I hope that you will enjoy it!