My science teacher in high school was known for his absent-mindedness. He lived only a few blocks from school, so he often walked home. One morning he went to his driveway and thought his car had been stolen until he realized he had driven the car to school the day before.
One day, he was looking for his glasses before handing out a test. “Who stole my glasses,” he said, obviously frustrated. “I’m not giving this test until somebody gives back my glasses.”
A few people giggled, but nobody wanted to take the test. He would have to discover on his own that his glasses were perched above his forehead.
Everybody liked this teacher because he was open and honest, funny at times, and able to tell jokes on himself. He did quite well being who he was, not trying to pretend. Perhaps he’s one reason I thought I could do the same.
Trying to fake it presented problems. I struggled enough at being myself. I didn’t think I could ever be successful at being somebody else. But if I tried, who would I fool? Myself, perhaps, but not many others.
Should we promote ourselves as if we are better than we really are? I don’t think so. The “fake it until you make it” mantra doesn’t work for me. I am who I am. I’d like to be better, and one day I will be. I prefer to seek God’s purpose for my life and give him all the credit for the work he has done so far.
I praise you, Lord, because of the awesome, unique way that you created me. You did wonderfully well, and my whole being knows and declares this truth. — Psalm 139:14 paraphrase