I thought that may be today we could have a heart to heart. I have discovered something about myself. One of the things I love the most is authenticity. Nowadays it seems to be quite a rare thing. But I admit when I do see it, it moves me deeply.
It’s like looking into the deepest part of someone. For a moment you can see who they really are. They aren’t wearing a mask. They aren’t holding up any defenses. I understand that it isn’t always easy to be authentic. Especially, when it is taking the risk of being rejected, hurt or shunned. But I think even in the risk that authenticity seems to have a way of shining brighter than something that is a counterfeit.
I have fought often with the word counterfeit. I really dislike the times that I can’t be myself because of fear of what people might think. Let alone having that feeling that creeps over me saying, if I truly display my heart then they will try to quickly shut it down. It’s that sense that you won’t measure up to their standards. The word counterfeit has a way of revealing to you that you are trying to be someone you’re not.
I am discovering that I can’t live under that word anymore. I have often allowed it to dictate to me who I am. I have heard it said that it’s better to die an original than to die a cheap imitation.
God created each one of us uniquely. Even to the point where there are no two persons that have the same fingerprints. Recently, I did a study on fingerprints. Our fingerprints were formed while we were in the womb. Science has discovered that from one’s fingerprints you can tell what the person’s height is or whether they are a male or female. It can also tell what your ethnicity is. It has been discovered that even if you tried to remove the skin so that you have no fingerprints, your fingerprints will grow back. You cannot erase who God has made you to be.
Psalms 139 says, You formed my innermost being, shaping my delicate inside and my intricate outside, and wove them all together in my mother’s womb. I thank you, God, for making me so mysteriously complex! Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking. It simply amazes me to think about it! How thoroughly you know me, Lord! You even formed every bone in my body when you created me in the secret place, carefully, skillfully shaping me from nothing to something. You saw who you created me to be before I became me! Before I’d ever seen the light of day, the number of days you planned for me were already recorded in your book.
I want to be the original and the unique person that God has created me to be. I still don’t even know what that entirely looks like. Perhaps that is why God says that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He wants to guide us and show us who we really are and who He created us to be.
Know that you were purposefully created to be different because God meant for it to be that way. Allow Him to show you who you really are and the purpose He created you for. And you will see it change you and the world around you for the better.