August 31

Written by Bill Grandi on August 31st, 2021

Have you ever wanted to be somebody else or maybe sort of like them? 

I have given that some thought:

  • Growing up I was a baseball fanatic. I wanted to be like certain players. I devoured how certain players played or batted. Their mannerisms. I read a lot about Christian ballplayers.
  • When I played basketball I had my favorite players I followed and wanted to be like. I copied their shot, their mannerisms at the free throw line, etc.
  • As I developed as a pastor/preacher, I wanted to be a pray-er like men I read about; a preacher/teacher like G. Campbell Morgan. Then it was Chuck Swindoll, John MacArthur or Charles Stanley.
  • A leader like so-and-so.

The verdict is in. Utter and complete failure. Like bomb. I tried to trade who I was for who I wanted to be. It doesn’t work that way. I am me. God created me to be me. No one else.

What got me thinking of this are the words I read from Bob Goff:

God’s never looked in your mirror and wished He saw someone else.  (#243-p.290)

Whenever I stopped trying to be like someone else (except Jesus), I found peace and contentment in my skin. God never, EVER, wanted me to be or be like someone else. Only what He created me to be.

I’m content.

“Father, thank you for making me to be me and to glorify you in the process.”


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ed says:

    Nope. Although I did… want to be doing something else.. painting, playing guitar, race car driving, astronaut, fireman, soldier, air force pilot.

    But I am happy anyways… even in my misery. LOL.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Being in God’s sight and the palm of His hand gives us that joy. Misery? What’s that? 🙂

  2. I enjoyed reading Bob’s words today, too, Bill. God created each of us uniquely, and we should rejoice when we see our one-of-a-kind face in the mirror.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I liked his books but wasn’t too sure about this devotional but I have really enjoyed it. I’m passing mine on to someone from the church who loved his books at the end of the year. And, of course, I agree.