Be You: Imitate Me

Monday, January 06, 2020

The first Monday of 2020 is HERE and you thought you'd have yourself together by now! SMH!

It's Day 6 and other people are rocking their goals, getting to the gym by 5 a.m., they've already drunk half a gallon of water by the time you've opened this post and they've already checked off 3 of their 10 short term goals for the month. How in the tarnations...!?!

You, however, have 2020 New Year journals in every room. A planner for work, a day calendar for family, and a special planner for personal goals. You signed up for MyFitness Pal, bought Insanity, unrolled your yoga mat that was stashed in the closet, you've checked your BMI to see how much you need to lose over the next 3 months, and you've spent Lord knows how much at Whole Foods trying to get the "right foods" so you can meal prep! You've signed up to receive 3 different Self-Care calendars so you can remind yourself to unplug from social media, get a mani-pedi, and take care of you. You've probably purchased Dave Ramsey's Financial University, dusted off your copy of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, signed up for Ibotta, Pennysaver, and EveryPenny to get your finances in order...

Also You: you feel behind, overwhelmed, unsure of yourself, defeated, unworthy, lost, and depleted. You haven't even started and darn it, you're struggling! 

Listen, you are not alone, but this feeling doesn't have to end here. Not only is it Monday, but it's the first Monday of the new decade as YOU. There is no one else on earth, who's you. No one can shine like you, smile like you, worship like you, hit the Woah like you, they can't do You, like You, boo.

You are ONE of a KIND. So instead of worrying about how far along someone else is in their journey, mute their Instagram story and start creating your own. Turn off your Facebook Notifications and notify your face to lighten up and open the Good Book. (Ouch, I felt that!)

Though we always hear the phrase, BE YOU, Christians are held to a different standard! We have to imitate. When you, "do you" more than live like Christ, you are neglecting the call on your life to lead people to the Master.

One thing I tell my co-workers without apology or hesitation, 'if you see me and you don't see Christ, I ain't doing it right." They can compliment my style, say I'm the funniest person (okay, that part is all in my mind), or that I'm one of the warmest people on the team, but if I only gain their accolades, yet haven't modeled Jesus, I've denied them the blessing of knowing Christ, coming out of their struggles, and ultimately learning about salvation.

Instead of Doing You and Being You, Paul said, "Imitate me, as I imitate Christ" (1 Corinthians 11:1). Jesus even said to be His follower, one has to "Deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow Me" (Luke 9:23).

I believe the Lord cares more about us being like Him than being the next Social Media sensation or the next church Power Couple. He cares more that you serve others than your bank account serving you. He cares more about your holiness than your happiness; because He knows your holiness will reap for you eternal joy!

God can use your talents and gifts to benefit you, so I'm not saying, don't try to live your best life. 
But if your best life leaves out the ONE you should be imitating, your reward will be small. 

In this life, you do not have time to be like everyone else. So, don't worry about where they are in their goalsetting unless you're going to support and congratulate them!

Your blog won't be like the next person's and neither will your work ethic. Your podcast will have Your flavor on it, so people need to hear from you! Your book will be written in your voice, so what are you waiting for? Why is your head down? Why are you going back into the negative self-talk of yesterday? Why are you still comparing yourself?

If anything, imitate Christ and He'll show you, You. 
He'll build you! He'll empower you! He'll strengthen you. He'll lead you!

It's a New Year. New Decade. New You. 
Who will You be?

In Peace,

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