Being the best "you"

I tend to admire the strength of others more than my own. Over the years I have often prayed for skills I didn’t have. Have you ever done that? Or am I alone in this?

As a teen I longed to be musical and special in some way. Oh God, if only I could sing, or play the guitar, or if you would just help me to become a cheerleader, then I could serve you better. I never became a cheerleader, I can’t sing and have no musical talent.

In fact, my granddaughter told me once, when I was attempting to clap in time with the music in church, that maybe I should sit on my hands because I was throwing her off. As an adult, my list of admired strengths changed.

Oh God, if I could only be more organized, or be more like Linda Kruse, or had more money, or knew how to be a good parent, then I could serve you better.

My organizational skills are what they are, I never became Linda Kruse (who is just about as perfect as any person I know), and I have a list of parenting mistakes I wish I could re-do. In my Bible study this week I read Romans 9:20-21: Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, “why did you make me like this?” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?

God had a plan for me from conception. He made me exactly as I needed to be to meet His purpose for my life. I cannot serve Him better by doing something I was not created to do. It has taken me a very long time to learn this! Someone else can sing. Someone else can be Linda Kruse. I must be the very best me I can be.

That includes my mistakes, some stumbles along the way, and a sin or two (or three…), all of which God knew ahead of time and He made me like this anyway. As I look over my life, I am trying to see how God has used this vessel called Regina. I have to live in faith that I have become the servant He intended on creation. Desiring to be anything except what God created me for will not bring me happiness, and will not glorify His name.

Be glad for who you are. God made you just like He wanted you to be, with exactly the skills that would serve Him best. He wants nothing more. Whew. That should take some of the pressure off!

Be the best you that you can be. Have a good week rejoicing in all that you are, knowing you are the perfect vessel for the role God has given you.

Blessings my friends, Regina

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