"What do you want to be when you grow up?" It is a question I ask my two daughters once in a while, and mostly around their birthdays. I want to see what they are thinking, and remind them that a day is coming when they will seek and hopefully find their place in this world according to God's will for their lives. I remind them that God has a plan for them, that God also created them with special gifts and abilities, and that these gifts and abilities were given to them for very specific reasons.
I often wonder how many people are walking around today having never realized their own potential. These people continue day after day to work in jobs they hate, or suffer through desperate situations they wish were different. Then I look at my two daughters and wonder if they will ever realize the potential they have in life, or if they will find professional happiness doing what they love and being paid for it.
I believe we are all created to glorify God with our lives, and I also believe that in order to do that we must live up to the potential for which we are all created; professionally in our jobs, as spouses to our mates, and as parents to our children. The first step is realizing that you were created by God, not some random evolutionary accident. Everything God created not only shows design, but also purpose. This means you also were created with a purpose, a reason for existing, and you have a special part to play in the history of the world.
The next thing we must all realize is that if God created you for a reason, then it is a waste of time to try to be like someone else. We see the search for individuality in youth, and in doing so they ironically end up congregating into groups where everyone tries to be like everyone else with a certain "look" that identifies them with their peers. The simple truth is that you are the only person in the world that can be you better than anyone else. Stop trying to be like someone else, and just be yourself! How often have we heard these words without realizing or understanding that being yourself is exactly what God has designed you to do?!
Like clockwork parts, we can peer inside and understand that each part plays a role in the function of the watch. Some play small roles, but none are so minor that the clock could function well enough without them. Some parts of a clock are on display, some are hidden, some move, while others provide stability by being stationary. Each of us is different for a reason. To criticize someone simply for being different than you is to criticize the work of the Creator who made all men equal and different; each with the equal potential to be the individual person they were created to be.