Every created person communicates a unique aspect of God that He wants the world to see. This truth has allowed me to recognize better how I can share God with others by simply being myself for the World and how others can, too, as God intended.
Nature is Designed to Reflect God
We see this beautiful intentionality of God, His desire to design and create with purpose, in the world around us. Every part of this incredible world is designed to reflect God to humanity. He is reflected to us when we look out to the booming waves of the ocean and see His power or lie in a field of wildflowers and smell His beauty. We can look into the vastness of outer space, contemplate His infinitude, or study the rainforests and meditate on the richness and complexity of the very life of God.
Because God is so vast, many aspects of Him can be reflected. Therefore, we see such a diverse collection of created things in the world to show off, in a sense, God’s very self. And among the many examples we can list, the best is found in the crown of God’s creation, humans.
It’s incredible to see the many differences we can find in one another. God has genuinely highlighted His creativity and ability by giving every human their unique combination of specific qualities, features, temperaments, and abilities. On top of all these, He made us each even more memorable by adorning every single person with a unique soul; each person has their own sole identity given to us by God.
Humans Can Reflect God in Love
You are unrepeatable, unreplaceable, and no one like you will ever exist again. Sure, many people might share some of your qualities or can do similar things as you. However, no one can speak with your voice the thoughts and ideas you have had, and no one can love with your love. Keeping this in mind, we can see God made every one of us unique in our qualities, abilities, and personalities, as well as giving each of us, on top of all that, a soul. This individual soul can know, have its own memory and life, and has the unique ability to love.
In our design to reflect the Creator, we reflect His love through our love. When we love one another as God loves us, with the unique personalities that God has given us, we participate in God’s love for the world by simply being who we were created to be.
Our Individuality Makes Unique Aspects of God Known
God’s hope in creating us was for us to discover and develop ourselves so that we can reflect on the specific aspect of who He is that He made us to reflect — in this way, we can look at one another too as different windows with a beautiful view of God and His love for us.
Truthfully, every person created possesses a part, a unique reflection of God that exists in no one else, so trying to be like someone else is denying the world part of God’s reflection. Other people have been designed to make other aspects of God known to the world, and if we are all trying to be like each other and not the way God made us, then the world is missing out on that unique expression of God’s love.
Set the World on Fire
In the 1300s, St. Catherine of Siena said, “Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the World on fire.” If we are who God made us to be, we will make Him known to the world, and others will come to learn more about who He is through us. We do this by discovering our true selves and living that out. Honestly, I have been able to find my true self by seeking Jesus in prayer, who, slowly over time, has revealed who I am and what I enjoy. He has also given me the courage to live this out!
No one is perfect. We must accept that we have faults but have many positive qualities. To be who God made you to be means to accept your good qualities and talents together with your flaws and limitations. That is part of being human, and accepting the person God made you to be is to trust in His Beautiful plan for your life.
God does not make mistakes and designed us the way we are for a reason. We know for sure that we have His blessing to be ourselves. In a way, we have been given a duty to be ourselves because God truly wants the world to know each aspect of Himself that He created us to reflect.
It takes courage to carry out this mission because it is pure vulnerability. We might hide our true selves because we are afraid of being rejected or made fun of. However, if we remember that God’s plan is at work in our lives and seek first to please Him, He will give us everything we need to overcome any rejection we might experience. Furthermore, being our true selves might even allow those who are meant to be our real friends to find us.
A fantastic example of this is none other than the God-made flesh Himself, Jesus. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus is rejected by those He opens Himself up to. However, He never shies away from doing what He knows He is supposed to do or speaking what He is supposed to say. Jesus was who He was meant to be, and look at the fire still blazing 2,000 years later that He left behind.
You may be thinking, “Yeah, well, He is God, of course, He can do that”. You have a good point, but are we not meant to imitate our Lord? This is what many holy men and women through the ages have done, and they, too, St. Catherine of Siena included, have left fires roaring.
If we seek Jesus, trust in His loving plan for us, and remember that we have been perfectly created to glorify God in who we are, we will discover our true selves and share them with the World. If we do this and love like Him, we will find the peace we have been looking for and a brighter world from our witness. God longs to share Himself with the world through you. Are you going to let Him?