For all of my talk about “faith” and “trusting God” I still slip into the thought process of my culture that “I can be what I want to be.” The reality is that I may be able to swim upstream and, working against the current, function in a way or in an area for which I am not best suited. That doesn’t change the fundamental truth that there are certain realities that have been created within me. (Non-believers may exit here while the rest of us go on.)
Take for instance that I am a blend of genes that place me firmly in the broad descriptive category: white, male. I may rail against that reality, even going about in “black-face” or having some body work done that makes me resemble a “dog-man” like Barf from Spaceballs more than a 60-ish year old WASP.
Okay, so there’s not that much difference. That’s not the point. The point is that you and I have been created to bring glory to God and function where we have been placed in life as God’s handiwork.
Instead of going against the will of God and trying to remake ourselves into the image we think would be more to our liking, we will do better to focus on the things He has in mind.
“He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.” –Ephesians 2:10 (The Message)