You Can Be Anybody You Want

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I have heard so many times spoken to me or those around me, as a slogan for a motivational speech or a pep talk from a teacher, a parent’s encouragement to their child and a mantra for this generation: You can be anybody you want to be.  Even just reading those words now may make you feel invincible. The problem with this mottos is that they are contrary to Scripture but very relevant to our culture today.

Our generation reiterates this over and over again to boost our self-esteem, increase our pride, and cause the world to revolve more around my own desires.  Go ahead and boost your self-esteem if needed, but Scripture gives a somewhat different directive when it comes to who we are meant to be.  “But God wants to give me the desires of my heart!”  And that thought is actually found in Scripture.

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.”–Psalm 37:4

This verse actually does say God will give you the desires of your heart.  However, we too often forget the beginning.  “Take delight in the Lord.”  When what delights us originates from the One who created us, then our desires become His rather than ours.

When referring to our sinful nature, the Bible alludes to our desires as being stubborn, evil, lustful, shameful, and covetous, just to name a few.  So, then back to the question, can you be anything you want to be?  My answer to you if you are a Christian is no.

“It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.”–1 Corinthians 12:11

First, God created each and every one of us with a purpose and a plan. We are created in His image, not our own.  The first step as a Christian is to look like Jesus, and most of our desires make me want to be anything but look holy and righteous.  God also made us to represent Him in the talents and abilities He bestowed upon us.  The design he used when making me would not have been successful or even safe to have been a professional NFL football player.  My talent would not be that of a medical occupation or even a famous chef.  As much as I wanted to be one of these things or a multitude of many others, God did not create me to have those abilities.   When we stop to realize who it is that He wants us to be, then we stop trying to be someone that we are not.  I am reminded of this verse in Isaiah that says it so simply.  Can I be anything I want?  I can try, but His way are always higher than mine.

“‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the Lord.  And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.  For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.'”–Isaiah 55:8-9

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