Everywhere you look today whether it’s on TV or whether it’s in a magazine or whether it’s on a movie screen or whether it’s in the lyrics we listen to, we are told and shown what we are supposed to look like, what we are supposed to act like, and what we are supposed to aspire to. There is a mold that we are inadvertently told we are supposed to fit into. And if you don’t fit this mold it is assumed there is something wrong with you.
Recently Sports Illustrated released three different versions of covers for their famous swimsuit edition in an effort to try to break free of this mold the world has told us to fit into. If this mold never existed then the publishers of Sports Illustrated wouldn’t feel the need to make some changes to the iconic issue of their magazine. But for years they have called attention to this cookie cutter culture we live in.
1 Samuel 17 tells the well known story of David vs Goliah. For the purpose of this post, I want to draw our attention to verses 38-40. Here is what it says:
“Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.”
Right before David faced Goliath, Saul offered David his armor to fight with. Saul tried to force David into the mold everyone was supposed to fit into when they were going into battle. At that time the norm was for men to wear armor when they were entering a fight. But David was different. He knew that he didn’t fit the mold. He knew that in order to have succes he needed to be himself. He knew not to listen to what others were saying he should be but to listen to what God called him to be.
Why would you try to fit in when you’re called to stand out? You are unique. You are one of a kind. You don’t fit a mold. God broke the mold when He created you. So stop listening to the cookie cutter culture and start being the person you were created, called, and crafted to be.