We all have role models; we want to be like someone. We all want to grow up (even if culture says we already are) to be the ideal person. When we find someone who we think embodies our ideal we scrutinize them. We notice their nuances and try to implement them in our own behavior. We start to talk like them, dress like them, and act like them.
It’s great to look up to people but the downfall comes when we actually try to be them. When we make decisions based on what they would do (or did) instead of the wise choice and forget that we are different. In trying to follow their footsteps, we lose ourselves.
When we try to rewrite someone else’s story over our own, we are rejecting who God made us to be. We lose sight of who we truly are and put on a mask of someone else. But we each are unique. God has a story planned for every one of His people; we just need to follow His lead. Francis Chan writes, “Be careful not to turn others’ lives into the mold for your own. Allow God to be as creative with you as He is with each of us.”
God has given us each unique gifts and we are called to use those gifts to His glory. If we happen to have similar gifts as someone else, we can ask them to be our mentor. But we need to be careful not to blindly follow in their footsteps. It’s easy to take a path that’s already been made but it takes faith to make your own. God wants us to trust Him, follow His lead, and allow Him to write a story as unique and original as ourselves. Sure, we can look to others for advice and ideas, and it’s easy to copy someone else, but only we can live our own story so why would we waste our time infringing the copyright of someone else‘s?
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. ~1 Corinthians 12:4-7