Formation

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One of the things I am thankful for this week is God’s formation.  I don’t know about you but it can be very easy to look at other people and spend time saying, “I wish I could sing like that person.” Or “I wish I could write books like that person.” Or “I wish I could speak like that person”.  However, what God has been reminding me this week is that he has made each of us the way we are for a purpose.  When God was making us never did he say, “Oops!  That person didn’t come out like I expected them too.”

While I am 34 years old I feel as though I am just now starting to fully accept and be thankful for how God has made me.  Lately, instead of being envious or jealous of other’s gifts and abilities I have been thankful for how God has made me.

At times we probably all feel pressure to be who others think we should be.  It can be pretty easy at times to let others opinions influence how we follow Christ.  In my position as Pastor in can tempting in an effort to please others to compromise who God made me to be.  In my field people will always be willing to tell you “As a Pastor you should…

Preach like this

Visit with people like this

Lead in this way

hang out with these people

not hang out with those people

talk like this

dress like this.”

However, when we let our lives be shaped by people’s expectations instead of the what God desires we will never be satisfied or content with who we are in Christ.  God has made me and you for a purpose.  God has placed me and you where we are not so that we can conform to others expectations of us but so that we can live out God’s calling in our lives.

I want to encourage you to strive to discover how God has made you to be and then live that out in your life.  Don’t live your life in jealousy or envy of others, but seek to let God form you in your life.

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