Updated: Oct 26, 2019
It continues to blow my mind how the world calls us to our own personal uniqueness, while at the same time, telling us the only way to achieve this is to conform to its own definition of unique. Everybody runs to get the latest, edgy fashion trend, the latest hairstyle, this year's newest iPhone, and the newest model vehicle. All this, in an effort to be like "the cool kids" so you can be your "true self.” Anyone else getting nauseous as the wheel spins round and round? Anyone want out of this endless cycle? Anyone feeling the emptiness of shallow vanity?
Only One Real Source for Unique
We can't look to the latest artist, athlete or "in-crowd" to tell us how we are truly unique. They didn't design you. They don't know you or what you're capable of. For that, you have to go back to the manufacturer. I mean even before your parents. The one who invented the mechanism by which your parent's "contributions" (gross, I know, but just stay with me) brought you into this world.
"Generic is robbing you. Generic is the enemy. Generic is a deadly poison. Generic is the elephant in everyone’s room... Generic is sucking the life out of [you] and you don’t know it... God doesn’t do generic. There is no such thing as a generic sunset, a generic snowflake, or a generic human being. Likewise there should be no such thing as a... generic future." #WillMancini #GodDreams
You have a design, a purpose behind your design and a future for your design. It comes intimately from your Designer. If you don't feel like everyone else, there's good news: you're not. You're you. God did a good job on you and wants you to be the best version of you that you can be. The version that He created and intended. Someone once said, "Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous - how well I know it."
Not All At Once
That moves us to the life challenge of attempting to understand how - specifically - God intended...you. There's a phrase that I've subscribed to that says, "Once you discover your design, you can discover your destiny." The caveat to this is that you don't get this all at once. Will Mancini reminds us that the vision of a future you "drips". He also coaches us by saying,
"If you refuse to engage this... process, you are robbing yourself and... people of something deeply human. In fact, if God had given us an already completed picture of the future, I believe He would have neutered our very humanity."
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