12for12: No More Clones

“The challenge today is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everyone else.” – Unknown

There is something lodged deep within each of us that longs to be unique, different…someone who doesn’t conform to what everyone else is doing. In short we long to be special, to be somebody’s favorite.  I don’t think this is an evil desire and perhaps reflects our worth in our Creators eyes. Ever since the first TV was turned on we have been fed the lie that everyone acts and looks the same way.  I’m sure you have heard of the ancient dilemma: does art imitate life or does life imitate art? While I believe both happens, I think the evidence is pretty clear with the 100′s of students I’ve worked with over the years that usually: life imitates art…or specifically people imitate what they see on TV, in magazines and on the internet. Advertisers tell us what we have to wear, how we’re supposed to smell, what kind of cars if we want to be like everyone else. How many iPhone’s do you think were sold to people who had no idea what it could do for them simply because they saw a slick commercial and everyone at their work had one?

What a challenge for us in 2012…to be uniquely who God made us to be, rejecting the counterfeit substitutes that our culture sells us.  The world doesn’t need another clone…what this world needs is you being YOU.  

Are you up for the challenge of being yourself this year?

12for12:Two Great Days

For the next twelve days I will be posting some of my favorite quotes that I believe hold the potential to make this one of the best years of your life.  Would love you to interact during this series, sharing your own favorite quotes and thoughts.  They are in no specific order, here’s today’s quote:

“There are two great days in a person’s life — the day we are born and the day we discover why.”  -William Barclay

Obviously the day we are born is an important day because…well we wouldn’t have many other days if we didn’t experience that first one (deep I know). It’s this second great day that so few of us find and yet are longing to discover.  However tough they might be, the circumstances of our lives become meaningful when seen in light of our purpose.  I don’t think its possible to find true fulfillment this year unless we know and live out the purpose for which we were created.

Do you know why you were born?

12for12: A Blog Series

Happy New Year! Welcome to another year on my blog, I remain committed to making it one with many interesting posts and comments.  I decided on keeping the same design but I did change the colors up just a bit. (if you use a program to read my posts why not click over and check out the design?)

Beginning tomorrow I will be sharing my first blog-series of this New Year called: 12for12.  I will be sharing 12 of my favorite quotes, specifically quotes that I think have the potential of making this one of the best years of our lives.  If you have followed me for awhile you already know I’m a big quotes guy, I share a bunch of them each week on Twitter.  Words are powerful and I think they have the power to change us if we let them. I have always been fascinated by the fact that it was by words that God created the entire universe.

So why not check back for the next 12 days and share your own favorite quotes or thoughts to each post via the comment section or on Twitter (@GodsideKurt using the hashtag “12for12″).