Over the past nine months I have replaced the same part on my vehicle three times. Once on my old car and now twice on my new car. Frustrating, I know, especially because it’s not the cheapest thing out there to replace. It is called a plastic housing for the coolant system. After replacing it now for the third time, I decided to ask the Lord if there was a lesson that He wanted me to learn through these experiences. I heard Him explain something to me but was not sure if that was what it was.
So later on in the day I was driving in my car thinking about what the Lord had said. I asked Him if it really was Him and as I was thinking the question a song came on the radio by Casting Crown. One line in the song was “Are we happy plastic people under shiny plastic steeples…” and my impression from the Lord was confirmed. It wasn’t an easy word to hear but I needed the rebuke. He was explaining to me how recently I have been trying to put on a fake, plastic front trying to be everyone else. I would see other people’s giftings and callings and want to be them instead of using the gifts that the Lord has placed in me. He said “I have given you these gifts for a purpose and no one else can do what you are created for. You need to do your part and not worry about being someone you are not. Your body and heart is My temple but you have put a wall up keeping Me from molding you into what I have called you to. Stop trying to be someone else and embrace the gifts in you.” Ouch! Yes, it hurt for a little but I am realizing that it is an invitation to joy and happiness as I fully walk out His calling in my life and stop comparing myself to others.
As the Lord has challenged me, I now bounce the ball back onto your court. Have you been trying to be someone you are not? Are there giftings and callings on your life that you are scarred to walk out in because it is not what others are doing? Are your real giftings being shaded by a facade of what you want to be instead of who you are supposed to be? I challenge you to ask the Lord what you are really called to and then do it with everything that you are. There is joy and happiness in doing the will of God.