Be You

Written by Pastor Cody Berry

Recently in a book I have been reading I read a quote by Joyce Meyers that really got my attention.  She said, "God will help you be all you can be, but He will never help you be someone else."  I can't tell you how many times I have tried so hard to be someone I am not.  When I was a young preacher (16 years old), my Youth Pastor asked me to speak in one of the youth services.  I was stoked.  When it came time to preach I pulled out the notes, set them on music stand, shook off my nerves and began to speak.  When I reached the end of the first page of notes, I took the notes and through them off the stage.  This was the very thing that I saw my Youth Pastor do every time that he preached.  Through my life, I have been guilty of mimicking the things that other people did.  Now there is nothing wrong with adapting the ideas from other people or learning from the things that they do, but I fully believe that not being you is doing you a disservice and short changing God's individual plan for you.

In a world that is consumed with making people fit into a certain mold that is acceptable, it is easy to strive really hard to look like other people, speak like other people, have the same goals and dreams in life as other people, and the list goes on and on!  I want to encourage you to be you!

Today, as we fast and seek God together, take this time to praise God for how he made you!  This is what David said in Psalms 149, "14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well."  You are so special.  God crafted you specifically to be you.  I have always loved the thought that no person on the planet can be a better you than you.

Two of my favorite stories concerning this are written by Max Lucado.  One is called you are special and the other is called you are mine.  If you have some extra time today, check this one out and be thankful that God fearfully and wonderfully made you!