Can I be transparent?
I used to hate being “copied!” They say imitation is a form of flattery but I never felt the love. I kept asking myself when does it become theft? For a long time, I was turned off by the idea of doing what everyone else was doing. As a result, I would get frustrated by people who were inspired by me. I would avoid doing things I actually wanted to do because I didn’t want to feel like I was following the crowd.
I am learning that the “magic” in me is Christ and Him alone. All the unique things about me that I was so proudly claiming are just results of God’s grace. When I remove “I” from the equation and insert Christ, I stop being annoyed by imitation and start enjoying the peace of community. Now that I’m free from the bondage of isolation, I can see how my attitude before was detrimental to my purpose as a Christian. I was so hung up on the idea of individuality that I missed the mark of being a Christlike example.
If I’m living right I should be inspiring others to follow me as I follow Christ. My life should look like what Paul told the Corinthians, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” -1 Corinthians 11:1. There is no space in the Kingdom of heaven for “individuality” that strays away from glorifying God and helping others do the same. The rebel in me wants to be unique but the Christ in me has called me to be an example. And when I submit the rebel in me to God, I stop desiring to stand on an island.
Please don’t assume that I’m knocking uniqueness or individuality. We all have our specialties that cause us to fit into the Body of Christ. But, what I am knocking (and what Christ convicted in me) was the belief that my individuality was separate from other Christ followers. I only have purpose in the context of Christ. Without the entire body of Christ, all my quirks and I cease to matter. Paul put it this way, “Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. “And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.”-1 Corinthians 12:15-18.
There is no outfit I wear that matters if it doesn’t inspire other Christian women to dress themselves with joy and confidence. There is no web design on my blog that matters more than any other Christian blog because we should all be pointing back to God. Every action, all the things I do and like, all link back to the body of Christ.
The real magic that we should be guarding is our joy.