God put this thought on my heart this week, and I'd like to share it:
What if, when you reach the end of your life and you're face to face with Jesus, he says to you, "Welcome home, child. You lived a pretty good life, but just tell me -- why did you spend so much time trying to change who you are, to conform to the world's standards in how you look/speak/think/dress/
He then shows you your alternate life that's rich and full, a complex masterpiece way beyond anything you ever dreamed of and that makes the life you managed to cobble together seems flat and pathetic, because you now realize it sort of is. You missed the mark. What if...
When you live for people's acceptance, you'll die from their rejection. Guaranteed, every time.
Live for God.
Don't be someone else, and don't "be yourself" either because that's a cop out for all sorts of bad choices and behaviors ("Hey, man, I'm just being myself.")
Be who GOD made you to be:
"Fearfully and wonderfully made" - Psalm 139:14
"His masterpiece" "His workmanship" "Made to do good things" - Ephesians 2:10
"Greatly loved" - Romans 5:8
"Chosen" - 1 Thessalonians 1:4
"His child" - Galatians 3:26
"Gifted" - Romans 12:6
"Brand new in Christ Jesus" - 2 Corinthians 5:17
"Made for more" - Ephesians 1:18
"Free... Free indeed." - John 8:36
"His messenger" - Acts 1:8
"Never alone" - Matthew 28:20