A friend I hadn’t seen since college recently saw me from afar and yelled out my name. I immediately turned and saw one of the sweetest, most encouraging people I remember from my college experience. I also greeted her by name, and we laughed together while reminiscing on our days on campus. I had to get to a meeting so our reunion was cut short, but I remember walking away and thinking, “Wow she actually remembered my name, and I’m so happy I remembered hers.” We weren’t close friends, but we shared a unique experience in a field of study where there weren’t too many people who looked like us.
How often have we come across someone we haven’t seen in a while and we find ourselves saying, “Hey You”? I am guilty of this. As bad as we may feel for not remembering a person’s name, it’s important to remember that even though we may have forgotten someone’s same, we remembered that person’s likeness and oftentimes we remembered something unique about that person. If everyone was exactly the same, this would be difficult to do. Never feel bad if someone has forgotten your name. Be happy they remembered you. Besides, God knows your name. More importantly, God knows you and He loves you!
God created you to fulfill His unique purpose for your life. I like to say, “You are YOUnique.” He has called you to be you, not someone else. It is attributed to Oscar Wilde as having once said, “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” This is one of my favorite quotes. God doesn’t want you to be anyone else. Yes, God called us all to be like Christ, but not to actually be Him. Thank God for that! Quite frankly, you would fail miserably at being Christ. Please don’t be offended by that statement. We would all fail and cause all of mankind to spend eternity in Hell. God wants you to be who He created you to be. He has anointed you to be YOU.
In the short time spent catching up with my friend from college, we learned that neither one of us are currently operating in careers connected to our field of study. She commented on the amazing things God is doing in my life; then she went on to say “I’m just a stay-at-home mom (SAHM).” Without hesitation, I passionately (but gently) reminded her that SAHMs are foundation builders. They are the agents God deploys to mold the next generation of believers, thus helping them fulfill God’s purpose in the earth. Being a SAHM is one of the most important and essential roles in life.
“…But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” 2 Corinthians 10:12b
It’s important to never compare yourself to another woman. She has a different purpose than you. God’s Word says this is an unwise thing to do. Please do not despise the purpose God has called you to fulfill. Some assignments may appear more elite than others, but things aren’t always as they appear. The best assignment for you is the one God called you to fulfill.
The only way to “be you” is to be busy doing what God called you to do. So dear BeYOUties, what are you waiting for? BE YOU!