Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, June, 2013

posted Jun 2, 2013, 4:21 AM by Barbe Henrichs   [ updated Jun 2, 2013, 4:22 AM by Lois Kerchner ]



In a world that pressures all of us to conform it is difficult to be oneself. The following statement is attributed to poet E. E. Cummings: "To be nobody but yourself in a world those is doing its best day and night into making you like everybody else, is to fight the hardest battle there is and never stop fighting."


Our daughter went to school where the University Library Building in 1995 was renamed Geisel Library in honor of Audrey and Theodor Geisel for the generous contributions they gave to the library and their devotion to improving literacy. Theodor Seuss Geisel, was an American poet, writer, and cartoonist most widely known for his children’s picture books written and illustrated as Dr. Seuss.


Dr. Seuss had the right idea when he wrote, "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

It takes tremendous strength to swim against the tide. It takes courage to speak your convictions. And it takes trust to act on your own intuition. It's difficult and rewarding work to grow up and become who you really are. But in the end, whatever real success you find in life will be a result of your being true to yourself rather than an imitation of somebody else.


One of the deepest cravings of young people, especially teens, is to be liked by their peers. Like everyone else, they want to be accepted and valued. It's during those critical teen—age years that they begin to play a game that is sometimes called "Follow the Follower." The game is not the same as "Follow the Leader." Following the follower is strictly about conforming talking, dressing, acting and even thinking like one another. The goal is to fit in.


In adulthood, we supposedly will discover who we really are and do our best to grow into that person. We find our value, not in our being accepted by others, but because we believe in our personal worth. It doesn't always happen. But it's a wonderful day when we can say in all honesty, "I know who I am and glad of it."


You'll never have to give an account for not being more like your favorite celebrity, that shining star in your chosen field or anybody else. And at the end of our lives, the question no one ever wants to be asked is, "How come you weren't more like YOU? You had such great potential as a truly unique person unrepeatable and irreplaceable. Why weren't you more like the YOU that God created?"


In a world that wants everyone to conform, the greatest job is to be oneself. It's a challenging and rewarding job and nobody can do it as well as you. It’s worth it.



George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries