By Pastor Matefu Mokoena
Maintaining your uniqueness is being true to who you are and the acceptance of who you are. The commonly used phrase is “Be Yourself”. Learn from others but do not become them. Get advices, ideas and suggestion from others but do not be them. Have your own role models and people, who are source of your inspiration, but do not be them.
Be like David in the Scriptures who maintained his own uniqueness when he faced the giant, Goliath. He took off the armour, which King Saul tried to put on him. It
could not fit him because it was not designed for him but for King Saul. The
reason is that it was not his.
Something which is not yours will never fit you, it will be either small or an oversize. It is also what is yours that will fit you. Whatever is yours represents who you are
and what you stand for. In 1 Samuel 17: 38 – 40, David told the King that “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So, he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in thepouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
David remained true to who he was. In his own unique way and style, he killed Goliath as the Bible states that David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword inhis hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him, (1 Samuel 17: 50). Be yourself, do it your own way. Never be ashamed of who you are. At times you may be criticised for who you are.
At times you may be despised for who you. But, remember that when God created you, He created nobody else BUT you and you only. Never wish to be others but be yourself. It is only by being who you are that you will make it, and not by being the copycat of others and the pleasers of others.
Never doubt your capabilities.
Never doubt your gifting.
Appreciate who you are.
Express yourself in your own way.
Discover your own uniqueness and remain true to who you are.
*Pastor Matefu Mokoena is the Presiding Pastor of Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa, Batho Assembly in Bloemfontein