“Be who God meant you to be and you’ll set the world on fire.”
Catherine of Siena
Good morning, friends! I hope this beautiful Monday morning has greeted you with a blessing. I know not everyone reading this encouragement is well today but I pray this note will lift your spirits.
Just this past week my wife and I were commenting on someone who is struggling to be themself. It seems like it’s more than simple, isn’t it, to be yourself? I mean, who else would you want to be? Ahhhh, there’s the rub.
Let me clarify any hypocrisy thoughts before they gain ground. Many, many weeks in this Word I encourage readers to create a vision of who you want to be and then chase it with a passion. And I mean that, every week. What I don’t mean is to take the lazy way out by chasing someone else’s dream. Yet how often do we find ourselves chasing someone else’s dream, attempting to become a version of someone else? Too often.
In almost every area of my life where I want to improve I have an example of a friend who is doing much, much better than me. Preaching. Healthy. Dad. Husband. Friend. You name it, I have friends who excel in areas I admire. I’ll bet when you think about your areas of desired improvement you have examples of excellence, too. A key of success is to remind ourselves that while we may be inspired by examples we hinder our success by attempting to imitate examples. You have a path that leads to your own success, not someone else’s.
This week, ferret out the lazy decisions you’ve made to chase someone else’s dream. Then do the harder, and yet infinitely better, work of creating your own dream that fits you. And then begin to become the better person you are. No one else can be the good and great you are and will be, and soon enough you will be someone else’s example. Just remember to course correct them, too! Have a wonderful week!