I saw this quote on Twitter and I thought it would help someone who might be struggling with their identity.
“Don’t try to be a second rate edition of someone else, be a first rate edition of yourself.”
We all have said this statement “When I grow up I want to be just like…” In fact, there was a slogan that everyone use to say “I want to be like Mike.” Too many of us compare ourselves with others and want to be an imitation of them rather than a revelation of ourselves.
You were made for a purpose. You are uniquely designed by God equipped with exactly everything you need for what He created you for. There is no one else like you. David said it this way “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:13-16 ESV)
God has great and amazing plans for your life. In fact, Jeremiah writes this “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV) What God has in store for you nothing can compare to it. You could, in fact, be limiting yourself to a standard below that which God has for you by wanting to be just like someone else.
So why settle for an imitation, when you can be who God has called you to be? Why be satisfied with a second rate version of someone else, when you can be a first rate version of yourself? Stop looking to be like others and start looking to be the person God created you to be. Only you can be you and only you can accomplish what God has purposed you for.