No one is like you. You’re one of a kind. You are the only person with the unique mix of personality, experiences, education, physical appearance, and talents contained inside the package of you. You are the only you.

Our culture, however, is constantly trying to tell us differently. Men and women are bombarded with touched up pictures of what they should look like. The Type A, self-starter individual is glorified for their accomplishments. We’re inundated with successful athletes, musicians, actors, and entertainers. Competition between parents about their kid’s talents and achievements get ridiculous. Churches even have a hierarchy of cool and hip. All of these things work against our ability to see our God-given uniqueness. So what do we do about it?As Christ followers, a huge part of reclaiming the uniqueness of our souls is understanding who defines our identity and self-worth. I love what Paul says in Philippians 3 about identity. “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” Paul was a rock star Jew. If anyone could ever brag about their accomplishments and social status, it was Paul. He choose, however, to reject a worldly perspective of who he was or should have been because he wanted more of Jesus. I encourage you to study Paul’s life sometime. It’s a fascinating and inspiring story of denying self so he could be like Jesus.

If you want to shed the burden of what the world says you should be, then you need to run hard after Jesus. He will help you reject the lies which have defined you so you can walk in the identity and purpose He has in store for you and you alone. It’s a beautiful journey, filled with wonder and discovery. Are you ready for it?

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