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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds.
— Romans 12:2 (NRSV)
I have spent countless hours wondering if I should act, talk, or fix my hair like certain individuals. I see that they are popular, and I think that if I do what they do I will be popular. However, I shortchange myself by not being true to the person God created me to be.
My mom hangs inspiring quotes on our wall where we can all see them. The quotes encourage us to be ourselves and be happy about who we have become or are becoming. I realize now that unless I include God in my life, things are not going to work out very well for me. I have begun to realize that I do not need to copy someone’s hairstyle, clothes, or lifestyle. I need to accept who I am, love who I am, and be proud of who I am. This is who God wants me to be.
With so many outside influences, it’s easy to forget who we are. We can pretend to be someone we are not instead of following the path God made for us. When that happens, we need to call on God to help us be true to who God created us to be.
Daily devotionals from The Upper Room