We were going out for lunch; my sisters, my nieces and I. I wore a kimono jacket I bought about a year ago from H&M, but had never worn. On my way downstairs, I peeked into my sister’s room only to see her wearing the same jacket; we bought it at the same time and had never used it, stroke of luck, we both chose to wear it on the same day.
There she was the first-born, dressed in the same outfit as me the last-born. You know how we get upset when we find people dressed up in same outfit as us at events… if we had our way, we’d rush home to change. (I still can’t figure out why. Are we so insecure with ourselves that we can’t stand to see someone else look just as good?)
I volunteered to change… because well, she’s older and fate had dealt me the card to bow out of this match gracefully. My other sister, who thankfully wasn’t wearing hers, asked what the big deal was in being dressed alike? And so we went out and had a lovely meal. I was relieved that I didn’t have to dig through for a change of clothes.
|Sis and I in H&M Kimono Style Silky Jacket|
We both rocked the outfit. Same jacket, styled with totally different accessories and pieces, but the end result was great, we looked beautiful :D. It didn’t make her less than she is, and it didn’t make me any less than I am.
Who rocked it better? As the fashion police would ask. No, don't answer that.
Wear your blessings.
God’s blessings are the same, but interpreted differently in our individual lives, the end result is always to bring glory to Him.
Look beautiful wearing Gods blessings. Rock the look; don’t hide in the corner sulking because God has blessed those around you as much as He has blessed you. Don't go round mouthing Joan Rivers words "*&%$ stole my look".
Sometimes you see people in their one bedroom flat with as much joy as those in their mansions. They aren’t disqualified from enjoying the joy of the Lord because of their location or lack.
Have you been blessed with a passion for baking? Then bake. Don’t fold up because there are countless other pastry chefs in your town. You all are unique, and you accessorize/spice up your craft in different ways that appeal to different people.
You’re an events planner? Then rock your trade with pride and joy. Don’t be discouraged because there are a truckload of others in the game. Learn from them, share ideas. Develop your unique style. Don’t close shop.
You're a writer? Then write. You've got your own style different from others.
You don’t see McDonald's folding up because Burger King makes burgers as well. Nope!!! It also doesn’t stop the smaller burger shops from springing up… that’s why we’ve got Uncle Sams, amongst numerous others thriving in the face of the bigger names. You don’t see the wealthy McDonald's closing shop because there are other smaller fast food restaurants springing up. My sister is older than I am, doesn’t mean she cant wear her outfit because we’re not ‘mates’.
|Flotus Stole my look: Michelle and I in Asos midi Check Print dress.|
Same way we’ve got different churches and ministers of the gospel. They wear the garment of the message of salvation, but they style their overall outfit of delivery in different ways. Bishop TD Jakes Potters house isn’t going to fold up because Pastor Adeboye’s Redeemed church of God is preaching the gospel. They both step out in style looking good in their different styles.
The bible has a dozen different interpretations. The message is the same, but the way of interpreting is different, to suite different minds and different ways of understanding. It doesn’t make it less of a bible.
|Kate and Pippa in Issa silk wrap dress source|
If you never want to wear the same outfit with anyone, then you best not shop in the stores with ready to wear outfits, you’d have to make your own customized clothes all year round or take a nice holiday away from life.
The blessings are available to all; raw talents have been equally distributed. As we walk through life, we catch a glimpse of what we love on the mannequin of life's purpose, and we go in to grab at it, develop ourselves in this passion and grow from it. Some others don’t have same taste as you and would over look what you are drawn too, till they find what suites them in the next display… Some discover their passion for poetry, others football and yet another singing. That’s the beauty of life… the diversity in the similarity of our blessings.
Same way the Holy Spirit is one outfit, and those who choose to receive Him are styled differently…. We all have our calling in the body of Christ. Wear it with thanksgiving and stop being petty about seeing others walk their path.
Ephesians 4: 5-7 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.
However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.
|Nina Dobrev and Bernadette Peters in Donna Karan Source|
Ephesians 4:11-16 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
Out of the same paper, You can make a book, a ticket, a boat or a plane! Your Destiny Is not what you get but what you make out of what you have. Unknown