“So what if you don’t fit inside the box people try to squeeze you into. God is in the ‘Custom Made’ business.”
We’ve probably all had experience with someone else trying to squeeze us into a box. But why do we try to squeeze ourselves into a box? Teen girls have a penchant for this. Unless they look, act, and sound like other teen girls, they’re afraid they won’t be good enough. But have you noticed? We adults are pretty good at working that mindset too.
As a writer, I’ve admired the way other writers turn a phrase, and I’ll hear myself thinking, Why can’t I write like that? Is my writing good enough? As a speaker, I can’t count the number of times I’ve watched other speakers and thought, If only I could be like that. Our collective lists could go on and on . . . Why can’t I sing, teach, parent, draw, lead . . . [insert yours here] . . . like that?
It might go deeper, as we ask why we don’t look like that or have a personality like that. Maybe we think we’re not a good enough Christian unless we act just like that.
We all fall prey to the comparison trap from time to time, but when it leads to a nagging discontentment, it’s time to tell yourself:
Climb out of that box.
The gifts, talents, and inherent qualities of others—as opposed to a skill set you can learn—are for them. Their box is for them. It’s not your size. Trying to squeeze into it will only cause you to feel “less than.”
God’s got enough creativity to fashion a unique combination of gifts and talents for you. In fact, He already did, when He formed you in the womb. And even before that, He knew exactly what your purpose on this earth would be. You can be sure that whatever He’s given you is more than enough to walk that out.
Who were you meant to be? Ask God to show you and to help you be that best you, for His glory. Then step into your own custom-made box. Trust me, it fits perfectly.