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Consider this quote from Abe Lincoln

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."



It isn’t often that I find something in the church bulletin that sticks with me for a couple of weeks, but last week I noticed a phrase in one of the congregational prayers. The phrase was “to make ourselves into what you want us to be”.

How very fitting indeed. How many times do we spend so much time trying to be what others what us to be? We look for a fancy car, or a bigger house, or pattern our outsides and sometimes insides into what others want, not necessarily what we could become. From a young age we are taught to go with the flow, to not stir up trouble, to conform to society. We allow the outside influences in our lives to dictate the person we are.

Have you ever faked it? You know what I mean. You walk into a room, or work, or a meeting and suddenly you are completely different person that what you really are? Of course we need this skill at times as many of us would not want to actually come into work dressed in our pajamas and eating chocolate doughnuts, but are we being who we can be? The person inside of us that we know we can become?

Sometimes we hide the person we would like to be to get ahead, to keep from disappointing people or to simply conform to what everyone around us thinks is normal and proper. It isn’t always a bad thing, but sometimes it is nice to break free of that and live. Regardless of what we have become in order to fit the mold we are expected to fit into, there is always that person inside of us and even if no one ever sees that side of you it doesn’t mean that you can’t hold onto that dream and keep building towards it. And no matter what people outside think of you and I, we are certainly special in our own ways and someone cares for us a great deal.

Besides, every once in a while the best course of action it to show up in your pajamas eating chocolate doughnuts. See you next week, remember… we’re all in this together.