Another Royal Wedding is just around the corner. An estimated 2 billion people around the world watched the best of British pomp & ceremony when Prince William married Kate in 2011.Several commentators remarked that Prince William’s bride walked up the aisle as a ‘commoner’ -Catherine Middleton, but emerged as future Queen of England.
One thing that struck me, was the opening quote during the wedding address by the Bishop of London:
‘Be who God meant you to be & you will set the world on fire’ -St Catherine of Siena
Powerful words for anyone, on any occasion!
Powerful words because they are true, echoing several Bible verses:
‘Let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t’ (Rom 12:6 MSG)
‘Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself.Don’t compare yourself with others.’ (Gal 6:4 MSG)
Yet, so often we DO compare ourselves with others- & we are so pre-occupied with trying to be like them, that we are not doing what God has designed us to do.
We are hand-made with love by God, & ‘It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for’ (Eph 1:11 MSG)
And when we think of who we truly are in Christ, we realise that we are no longer ‘commoners’, but children of the King of kings (Wow!)
Often I get frustrated by myself – when I look inside, I am not who I want to be & fall short of what I hope to be.
‘We are all a little broken. We don’t need more varnish. We need a carpenter’ (Bob Goff)
‘God loves you unconditionally, as you are and not as you should be, because nobody is as they should be.’ (Brennan Manning -Ragamuffin Gospel)
So, ‘Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion. God’s love for you and his choice of you constitute your worth. Accept that, and let it become the most important thing in your life.’
Blessings are ours because we are His!
So,‘Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can do with your own life’ (Gal 6:5 MSG)
‘Be yourself-everyone else is taken!’ (Oscar Wilde)
‘Be you- the world will adjust!’
‘Be who you are, and not who you think you cannot be.’ (Claire Diaz-Ortiz)
Let’s be who God created us to be.
Let’s be focused on that truth rather than getting distracted by damaging comparisons to others!
Because ‘the smile of God is the goal of your life’ (Rick Warren)
‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.’
(Ephesians 1:3 NIV)
‘How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.’
(Ephesians 1:3-6 MSG)