Dare to be different.
Dare to stand out.
Dare to color outside the lines.
Don't be afraid to be yourself. Conformists never make it to the top anyway. ;P
God knew what He was doing when He made you. You are unique and one of a kind. He made you just the way you are. So, it's time you started embracing that. Dare to accept yourself as being different and stop being insecure about measuring up to others.
Romans 12:2 says, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Now, don't get me wrong. I still get caught up in the competitive comparison attitude with other people. But as soon as I realize that I'm comparing myself, I stop, take a step back and re-evaluate the situation. I remind myself to be thankful for the things I have: a roof over my head (a brand new home to be more precise), a dependable car that I know will keep me safe, a family that loves, and a Heavenly Father who created me and chases after me to be His own.
God wants to take us, with all of our weaknesses and inabilities, and transform us from the inside out. He wants us to do amazing things on this earth. If we are going to succeed at being ourselves, we can't continue to be afraid of what everyone else may think.
Just some food for thought...
PS. This post is for you, Megan! xo