Scripture for today: Genesis 33
One of the keys to success in life is knowing who you are and not trying to be someone else. Every one of us is different. One person may be gifted in an area that we aren’t.
It would be foolish for us to try to be that person if we aren’t wired or gifted in the same way. Instead of trying to copy others, we should know our strengths and not get sucked in with the crowd.
In Genesis 33, there is a great example of this. In order to understand this, you need to get the full picture. There were two brothers: Jacob and Esau. Esau was the oldest, but Jacob was the shrewdest. Jacob tricked Esau into giving him his birthright. As a result, there was bitterness between them.
Jacob went away for years and worked for his uncle Laban. But one day, he decided to return home. Jacob had two wives, Leah and Rachel.
Jacob receives word that Esau, his brother, was coming to meet him. Immediately, Jacob became scared. He feared that Esau was coming to get even.
Jacob and Esau meet and they embrace and after some time, Esau says, “Jacob, let’s be going … ” Now, Jacob was happy that Esau was ok and Jacob could have been tempted to go along with Esau’s request. Instead, Jacob said, “Esau, my family is tired … you go on ahead and we will travel at our own pace.”
Jacob didn’t make a foolish mistake and go along with Esau. He went at his own pace.
There is a great lesson there for all of us. Each one of us is unique. We each have different strengths and different personalities. We have to be careful that we don’t get sucked into trying to be like someone else.
Today, know this: God loves you and God made you just like you are. You are strong in some areas where others are weak. Be yourself. Go at your pace.
There is only one of you. As Oscar Wilde once said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Gregg Potts is a writer and minister in Bartow County.