author Happy Birthday to You!
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
God's plan for you requires you to be yourself
Be yourself. You don't have to get your life together. Perfection apart from God is unattainable. The idea that you have to get your life together before God can use you is a fallacy.
God gave you a gift. No matter what your gift is, it requires that you be who He made you to be so that you may use that gift to benefit others.
At times it can seem like we should be thinner, or more funny. We can be fooled to think we cannot influence others for Christ because we lack wit or charisma.
Moses and Aaron
Moses was arguably the most prolific person (after Jesus) whose story was told in the Bible. In fact, many of the Old Testament laws are called Mosiac Law because it was Moses who brought God's law to the Hebrew people.
In Exodus 4:10-14, the Bible records an exchange between Moses and God. Moses has been commanded by God to take a message to the Hebrew people, who have been enslaved in Egypt. Moses is offering every excuse of why he is not the person for this job
Finally, it came down to Moses' speaking ability. Irritated, God tells him that his brother Aaron was on his way to Moses. God directed Moses to carry out his demands using Aaron as his public relations representative.
Are you trying to please man, or God?
When we try to be someone we are not, even if we are striving for perfection, we need to ask ourselves whether we are trying to please God. If we are worried about what other people think about us, then we are likely not working to please God.
Being yourself involves being vulnerable with others. It means you have to let your guard down and show others that you are an imperfect being.
I'm not saying we should sin with no regard to God's law, but rather when we do sin, we obey God and confess the sin. Then show others that your imperfection makes God's perfection shine through your life. We do not need Jesus because we are perfect, but through Jesus' sacrifice, we have been made perfect.
Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (CSB)
A note on encouraging others
There have been some people I have encountered throughout my work career who have thought that the way to advance in the workplace is to tear down their co-workers. They believe that they will look good in contrast to their target.
The problem with that is obvious to anyone outside their influence, however. No matter how bad they make someone look, their deceit makes the situation so much worse.
On the other hand, an employee who builds up their co-workers is an invaluable asset. I have personally worked to protect co-workers who help keep morale high in our company.
The same is true in any church. Members who tear down through gossip are life taking, and tear down the church. Members who encourage and build up others help to build the church, and by virtue end up building up God's Kingdom.