1 Peter 5:6-11
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Be content with who you are and where you are. God is with you and will promote you on his time. We have a great and generous God and he cares for each of us. Be alert and clear minded because the enemy is hunting us, waiting to swallow us up. We can resist him by standing firm in the faith and clinging together with other believers who are also facing the same sufferings. God’s grace is sufficient. He has called us to his eternal glory and sent his Son to suffer instead of us. He will restore us as he did his Son, making us strong, firm and steadfast. He is to be forever praised for his power!
“While it might be entertaining to be someone else for a moment, trying to live that way is a waste of time. Work hard at being content with who you are. God’s hand is on the real you…not the you that you wish you were. Yes, we should all be growing and making changes to overcome weakness…but we should not waste one moment trying to become someone else. Remember, when God created you, he threw out the mold. He does get the last word in the end!”
Think about whether you have been trying to be someone else. Have you been playing a role? Are you wearing a mask?
Lord, help me to become a better me, not to strive to be someone else. I know you have created me and I am unique. Help me to work as a complement to others not to become others. Help me to be patient knowing my reward is in your hands. Amen