How can one change oneself?
Many people nowadays are uncomfortable and not satisfied with their individualities. As a matter of fact, some seek physical modifications such as facelifts, nose lift, liposuction, etc. Not to mention the cost of each procedure and the pain they are willing to go through just to achieve the desired outcome and to be a better version of themselves. Because someone might have been cruel enough in uttering words that not only belittle a person but also vacuumed all the confidence one has for his or herself resulting in feelings of unworthiness and being unwanted. However, others might prefer not to change or modify anything at all simply because they don’t care about what other people would say.
You have a Purpose
You exist for a reason. Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV) says:
“For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well.
While some might be busy seeing you from their own perspective, God sees you in another. He was stunned the moment He made you. I am certain that He stepped back in awe and said that this person is amazing, he/she is my masterpiece. He approved and stamped you with his brand because he created you in a meticulous way. He is confident of the way He made you. Your race, personality, weaknesses, and strengths were custom-made; no one in this world is exactly like you. Even identical twins are not exactly the same. You are one-of-a-kind and God loves you just the way you are.
Live Your Best Life
Live your life to express and not to impress people. We were created to fit God’s divine plan in our lives. We are not to walk this walk of life aimlessly. We were not brought into existence simply to please everyone else’s expectations towards us. We were given this opportunity to live, to see the beauty of God’s wonderful works, to be amazed by how loving the God we serve is, so that we could be a blessing to others.
Proclaiming that we are blessed is not enough, instead, becoming a blessing to others must be our life-long-goal and our way of life. According to Ellen G. White:
..the effort to bless others will react in blessings upon ourselves. This was the purpose of God in giving us a part to act in the plan of redemption. He has granted men the privilege of becoming partakers of the divine nature and, in their turn, of diffusing blessings to their fellow men. This is the highest honor, the greatest joy, that it is possible for God to bestow upon men. (SC 79)
Those who endeavor to maintain Christian life by passively accepting the blessings that come through the means of grace, and doing nothing for Christ, are simply trying to live by eating without working. And in the spiritual as in the natural world, this always results in degeneration and decay. A man who would refuse to exercise his limbs would soon lose all power to use them. Thus the Christian who will not exercise his God-given powers not only fails to grow up into Christ, but he loses the strength that he already had. (SC 80)
Sure, it is hard to share the gospel with others, especially to our neighbors because they often grasp of who we truly are. We are imperfect yet loved by a perfect God who has promised to cover our deficiencies and defects of character by His grace.
Fulfill Your Purpose
Finally, God endowed you with all the inner software you need to fulfill His purpose for your life. With this in mind, it may be advantageous to do some self reprogramming. Like computer hard drives, our minds can get infected from mental viruses. Even the most expensive and high-quality computers can be corrupted by a well-crafted virus. That is why antivirus software is still in demand today.
Sin, the ultimate mental virus, changes the way we look at things. We became nearsighted and too focused on the flaws we see in ourselves. We may become pessimistic and grumpy whenever we don’t get what we want and instead of seeing ourselves as conquerors, we tend to have a defeated and average mental picture of ourselves. Again, we need to remember that we are a masterpiece made by a loving and all-knowing Heavenly Father. Unless we get that, we would continually live in despair. We would constantly feel the need to measure up to the standards the world has set before us. We would surely live a sad and depressing life if we see ourselves the way this sinful world sees us.
Instead of discrediting ourselves, why not think of God’s blessings, protection, and grace towards us. Why don’t we start believing that we are what He says we are? Nothing about us is by accident. Aren’t you wondering what will happen if we would follow what David did in Psalm 139? What if every morning, every day, every hour, every second we would accept that we are amazing, wonderful, valuable and that we have something amazing to offer this world simply because we are the King’s sons and daughters.