This “poster” has surfaced on Facebook:
Well, there go all the Self-Help book sales.
Let’s see: I am already perfection on feet. I need no improvement. My flaw is that I don’t realize my perfection.
What? Wait! I have a flaw?
Do I detect a bit of contradiction here?
I’ll agree that I am a masterpiece in that I was created by the Master. Everyone is a one-of-a-kind divine original (not that any one of us is divine; we originate from the Divine). There is no one else exactly like any one of us.
But I should “drop the idea of becoming someone”? I’ll have to respectfully disagree on that point. The Christian faith maintains that, ideally, we are a work in progress. None of us are all that we can be, could be or should be.
For those who have a relationship with Jesus*, a process of change is underway, we are getting better and perfection is in our future. In fact, there is a promise In the New Testament that “He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it” (Philippians 1:6). But for now there is still the struggle all humans recognize: “The things I want to do I don’t do; instead I do the very things I hate” (Romans 7:15, 19).
So, do I desire to become someone? Yes. In my heart of hearts I desire to become a better man than I am today.
*If this idea of having a relationship with Jesus is something you don’t understand, please leave a comment and I’ll be happy to explain it as best I can.