I had the privilege of shooting the photographs of The Evo Show a few months where Nick Nilson was the special guest. I was shooting most of the time so I didn’t catch a lot but the one line that really moved me was, “You want to disappoint God? Just want to be someone else.”
Wow… Gut check.
What’s funny or more ironic, we all model our lives after someone else. There a only a select few people who actually find 100% of their identity in Christ. Most of us are vain and find our identity in the approval of others, trying to be like others.
As I think about wanting to be like others I think about famous people because let’s face it, we want to be like a famous person. For youth and young adult pastors it’s Richie Wilkerson Jr. or Judah Smith. For portrait or humanitarian photographers it’s Jeremy Cowart or Natalie Norton.
You see we all want to be famous but we want to be famous for helping others.
God endowed every one of us with our own gifts talents, our own talents and our own abilities and with His Holy Spirit so that we can be our best selves.
I saw a recent photo of Billy Graham. He isn’t looking good. He was on oxygen and looking extremely frail. He’s close to 90 if not over 90, I’m 27. There are 3 generations in between us and there has yet to be a single person who has had a greater impact on the world for Christ.
Why is that? He was 100% confident of who he was in Christ. He wasn’t trying to be like anyone else. He was like Billy Graham. His crusades touched millions of lives with the Gospel of Jesus.
He is a just a man. He was given a set of gifts talents and abilities that made him unique but he is just a man. He just learned to be confident in who he was in Christ. He tapped into the Holy Spirit and let the power of God use him in the manor he was created.
We all have the power to change the world because we have the power of Christ within us. If we would just quit worrying how we looked to others or trying to be like others because we think they have it figured out and just focused on ourselves and who we are in Christ then we could literally change the world. Because you change the world one person at a time.
So be you.