Ask anyone what has more nutritional value, a store-bought strawberry Pop-Tart or fresh farm-grown strawberries, and you’ll get the same answer.
Actual strawberries, of course.
We know that fake food isn’t as beneficial as real food. And yet, how often do we find ourselves offering other people a fake version of ourselves?
We compare ourselves, feel like we come up lacking in some way, and then try to be more like “her” or “him.” We notice how much people seem to be drawn to that other person, so we conclude maybe we need to be more like them. Maybe we need to make some major changes so we can be more desirable, more palatable, more marketable.
But here’s what God’s been trying to help me see … just like fake food can never provide the taste and nutrients and health benefits of real food, a “manufactured” version of me who looks and acts more like someone I’m not isn’t truly benefiting anyone either.
Our lives help others taste and see that the Lord is good. We do this through our unique God-given gifts and abilities. Our unique talents and personalities. The love and grace of Jesus that flows through us in unique and needed ways.
But if we aren’t wholeheartedly who He purposed us to be, people are going to miss out on the good God designed us to give.
Does that mean everyone is going to love us? Of course not. We’ll never be everyone’s taste. But that’s okay. The point of food has never been to garner attention or applause. It’s not the point of our lives either.
We are here to love. We are here to serve. We are here to bring God glory by simply and wholeheartedly being who He designed us to be.
You don’t need to “manufacture” a better you, friend. And I don’t need to fake my way to a different me. We just need to keep growing into more Christ-like versions of who God has called us to be. We need to show up humbly and wholeheartedly, wherever God has us today.
So wherever you are… wherever you may go… just bring the real you. She’s the one we need. Resist the temptation to compare yourself with anyone else, and choose to believe that God knew exactly what He was doing when He knit you together. Because He did.❤️
So much love,