When Jacob came out of his wrestle with God, he left with a limp. But his new limp was more than physical; it was a mark of his new found identity. It was a symbol that he was now Israel, the father of a nation, and it was unique to him.
If you commit to the journey, chances are you’ll face your own wrestles. And chances are, you may come out with a spiritual limp; something that identifies your wrestle. It’s not meant to be a detriment or weakness but rather a symbol and reminder that you are now different. You’re now YOU!
You are unique, and I mean that in a very sincere way. When God formed you in your mother’s womb, He did so with great care and detail. He knew the giftings being woven into you and the experiences that would shape you, including the hard ones. God knew what part you would play in the body of Christ and it was unique to you.
Sometimes we get caught up in what other people are doing or being used for. We wish we had their talents or opportunity or role in the body. However, the lane they’re running in wasn’t meant for you…and yours wasn’t meant for them. Never try to be a copycat–be you. Be one hundred percent you because no one else can!
I absolutely love the way The Message pens Galatians 6:4-5:
“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.”
Take a careful exploration of who you are and what part of the body you play, then dive into that. Don’t try to be someone else…be you!