“A few months ago, as I was meditating, I came to a realization. I tend to go through life trying – in futility, I might add – to create a self each day rather than to simply receive a self each day. And any self that is created by anything or anyone other than the Creator, the God that breathed me into being, can only be false. Any self that I create or manufacture is a false self because it is just a cheap imitation, adaptation, or distortion of the me I was created to be by the One who dreamt me into being before the foundations of the earth. My true identity can only be bestowed, it can never be achieved. So my challenge, each and every day, is to stop the ongoing pattern of trying, in desperation, to create a self that has in fact already been fearfully and wonderfully made; and to simply receive my true self in peace and in freedom from the God who made me uniquely and loves me dearly. It is funny how much I strive to make a name for myself, when only he can give me the name I was made to bear – my true name. How incredibly freeing! It is as if God is saying: “I have given you your value and your worth. I have bestowed it upon you and it can never be lost. So stop measuring. Stop earning. Stop comparing. Stop performing. Your worth is not hanging in the balance. It does not depend on anything you achieve, or on any accomplishment you attain. So relax. Live in the freedom of knowing you are loved deeply and fully and completely – as well as eternally. Instead of working so hard to prove yourself, just fall in love with Me.” – Becoming by Jim Branch
In life, it is very easy to try to be someone else. We feel pressured by comparison to create an identity that is different from the person God created us to be. It is so much more worthwhile to embrace the self that we were born with than to create an alternate self. Instead of trying to measure up the the people around us, we need to work on only focusing on ourselves, and embracing the joyous life we were given!