There are plenty of things about so many people that I deeply admire and would like to emulate in one-way or another. But I do not want to be a copy of someone else since God made me for His purposes according to His plan for my life. I do however want to be the best version of what God created me to be. To admire others is actually a form of praise of God since the best character qualities of the created ones emanate from the Creator Himself. But he LORD Almighty designed each of us for His divine purpose for us. I cannot fulfill that purpose while chasing after someone else’s life. Every fantasy envisioning of “the perfect life” must be surrendered to the Perfect One. LORD God, I want to live the perfect life, that is, the life You designed for me. Grant me grace this day to be that man.
“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd,” Exodus 23:2NIV. Geese fly in formation so they can draft off each other to make flying easier. People do the same. We have a natural tendency to simply follow the herd; it is easier to go with the flow of whatever is popular, faddish or commonly admired. The steep price of a drift-along-lifestyle is the failure to find your divinely created purpose. We are carefully knitted together by the Creator for His specific calling for each of us. We can never rise to God’s best by going along with the crowd. I must continually find that sweet spot of being WITH the crowd but not OF the crowd. Lord, protect me from wandering aimlessly and help me keep my pace in cadence with Yours. Teach me to be comfortable in the gaggle but to be willing to fly at the front of the formation.