February 29, 2016

Not A Cookie Cutter

A long time ago, probably early or mid-80’s, I was listening to a Sandi Patty CD. Or maybe it was a cassette tape? Yes. It was a cassette. It was a long time ago… 

Between songs she spoke about the days she was going through voice training and her instructor asked her if she wanted to sing like Barbara Streisand or Karen Carpenter or someone else whose name I can’t remember. Sandi Patty said she wanted to have her own voice. She didn’t want to merely imitate someone else. She understood she had her own God-given individual and unique style.

That always stuck with me. Not because I have a singing voice, not at all. But every aspect of life can take you down that road of trying to be like someone else instead of being yourself.

Did you ever try to be a better mother by modeling someone else’s style even when it didn’t fit you?

Ditto on being a better wife, homemaker, better cook…being a better fill in the blank__________.

For me the blank would be being a better writer.  I have to resist thinking I should try to be more like other more popular writers and stay true to the vision God has given me for my writing.

We have to resist the temptation all the time to beat ourselves up because we don’t have the flair or talent this person or that person has.

What it comes down to is being our own person. After we have measured ourselves against what others are doing and how they are doing it, we must realize that it is time to be ourselves and be good with that.

It is time to appreciate how we have been made and what our strengths are. It is time to understand that our uniqueness comes from God and it isn’t going to look like anyone else’s uniqueness.

I am not the product of a cookie cutter. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am a masterpiece, a workmanship created for good works. 

Psalm 139:13-14
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.

Ephesians 2:10 
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.