I read about some mouth-watering sourdough bread made at a bakery in San Francisco.
It hadn’t been replicated anywhere else. As it turns out, there was a secret to the taste that had nothing to do with the recipe. As Larry Osborne explains, “It’s a bacterium that thrives in the area. When the yeast ferments, its spores give the bread a distinctive taste. The San Francisco bacterium is different from the spores that thrive in Dallas, LA, or New York… The taste is impossible to duplicate…”*
Too often in life we try to copy other people. Sure we should have godly role models and learn from them. But we can mistakenly think that if we just copy what other people are doing, then we’ll have the same results in our own lives.
You are unique. You are in a unique situation. God has given you specific talents and gifts. Because of that, there’s something you have to offer that no one else can offer. Why? Because only you are you. And even if there was another exact version of you, they couldn’t be in the exact place as you, doing the exact same things as you.
Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful…”
Don’t underestimate God’s workmanship. Don’t dismiss his designs. Only you can be the you God made you to be in the situation you’re already in.
By Matthew Ruttan
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.
–*Larry Osborne, Sticky Leaders: The secret to lasting change and innovation (Zondervan: Grand Rapids, 2013), 115-6.