In elementary school, I shopped at Limited Too (anyone else?!) simply because that’s where all my friends shopped.
In high school, Hollister and low rise jeans were in. So, you can probably guess what was in my closet.
Before my junior year of college, I spent half of my summer earnings on new clothes because I literally tried to copy my big sister’s style.
A little later, I tried to mimic my roommates style because I didn’t know my own.
I’m not sure they know that yet. Oops.
Oh well, cat’s out of the bag now.
Why does this matter? Because this tendency of mine ran much deeper than clothes.
For so long, I made so many decisions on the basis of blending in because I was horrified of standing out. Instead of becoming an example, I just wanted to mimic others examples. I wanted her job, her major, her style, her life. And the list goes on.
I WAS A CHRONIC COPYCAT because I was deeply unsatisfied with me–who I was, how I looked, etc.–compared to other girls.
I was a chronic copycat because I was a chronic comparer. And I got stuck in comparison because I didn’t take time to discover who God made me to be because I was afraid of what I’d find.I got stuck in comparison because I didn't take time to discover who God made me to be because I was afraid of what I'd find. Click To Tweet
But then I realized that following the One who leaves the 99 for one–for me–meant I couldn’t follow anyone else but Him. I couldn’t follow the crowd and find the me I wanted to be. I couldn’t follow the celebrities I looked up to and find any deeper sense of satisfaction. I could only follow the One who dreamed me up before the beginning of time and knit me together with His very own hands to live the life of joy, purpose, and significance I was meant to live.
And when we follow Him, we can’t be anyone else but the one He died to save.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
Did you know that in the ESV Bible footnotes, “wonderfully made” translates to “set apart”? This means that this verse doesn’t just say we are pretty or perfectly imperfect or created by God. While it certainly means those things, it also means that we are fearfully set apart! Fearfully unique, wonderfully appointed to walk in His unique calling on our life.
We are set apart from the world so following and/or comparing ourselves to the world around us is 100% wasted energy.
We are fearfully set apart! Fearfully unique, wonderfully appointed to walk in His unique calling on our life. We are set apart from the world so following and/or comparing ourselves to the world around us is wasted energy.We are fearfully set apart! Fearfully unique, wonderfully appointed to walk in His unique calling on our life. Click To Tweet
This reality changed everything for me.
That’s when my closet exploded with colors and patterns. That’s when I stepped boldly into the call on my life even though it totally freaked me out. That’s when I saw the new me, the beloved me, the uniquely designed and wildly purposed me.
That’s when I wanted to live my calling instead of following the crowd.Live your calling instead of following the crowd. Click To Tweet
Because here’s the truth: you cannot find or live your purpose when you’re so busy trying to make it look like her purpose. We cannot find out who we really are if all we do is follow the crowd. Because the crowd will lead us astray. Following Him will lead us home–back to the hands of the One who created and crafted our fibers, our desires, and our abundant heart. Because trends always change. Papa God never does.You cannot find or live your purpose when you're so busy trying to make it look like her purpose. Click To Tweet
So, don’t be afraid to be different from the world around you. Don’t be afraid to rise.
Because there’s nothing better than pouring your own unique blend of light, life, and color into a world that’s drained of it.Because there's nothing better than pouring your own unique blend of light, life, and color into a world that's drained of it. Click To Tweet