“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:13-16)
From the day we were born to the day we will die, there will be only one of us unique, wonderful and beautiful in every way; this is the plan God had for us when He made us in His image. God made us to be unique in every way and not a carbon copy of someone else, but ourselves created in His image by His Almighty Hand. What then should we do when the world throws a barrage of images at us, saying we should be this way or that way, how do we not succumb to peer-pressure, or even how do we not succumb to “church” pressure to dress, pray, or act, like every one else? There is a difference between looking up to someone, having a mentor, and being told what to do or manipulated to act and dress a certain way.
The Word tells us to “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit.” (Mathew 7:15-18). Sadly, even in churches all across the country there are wolves in sheep’s clothing, manipulating others by their smooth words and outward appearance; appearances are deceptive. However, thankfully for every wolf there are a multitude of sheep, you can recognise a wolf by their fruit, by their words, and by their actions. Furthermore, if any of these are detrimental or destructive to your walk with Christ and relationship with Jesus then they are a wolf; a mentor will help you up a wolf will keep you down. A wolf will talk about your prayer life, your worship, your relationship with Christ, even your clothes and the way you wear your make-up in a discouraging way. A mentor will encourage your prayer life, strengthen your worship, increase your relationship with Christ, and assist, if needed, in making better wardrobe choices.
In this day of blending in and being like everyone else, remember you are unique, you are loved just the way you are, and as a Christian you are born to stand out. God created us, He loves us, and He wants the best for us, He does not want us to fall into the trap of trying to be like someone else because we think people may like us better, or treat us better. God called us to be ourselves individual, mighty, and wonderful in Him; moreover, when we feel as if we are not enough Jesus is right there holding us up, all we have to do is reach out to Him and remember: we are fearfully and wonderfully made, surrounded by His living kindness, engraved on His Palms, for His plans are to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.