John 15:16 (NKJV) “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit...”

It is a lesson that my wife and I have taught (and will continue to teach) our children — “Everyone will not like you.”

As we impart this lesson, we further inform them that there may or may not be a reason for this dislike or contempt. We also have to prepare them for the fact that this reality will not change over time.

As adult Believers, we recognize that there are a number of reasons that people in our neighborhood, community, work place, church and even our families may not like us. What is more, while some people may be so bold as to let us know why they do not like us, others will never let us know. “You look too prosperous.” “You are not prosperous enough.” “You are too intelligent.” “You are not intelligent enough.”

Whatever the reason, understand this truth — “It will be alright!”

You do not have to have every Facebook post “liked.” You do not have to connect with 500 people on LinkedIn. Some people that you deem as a “friend” will not return your emails or calls.

You do not have to make the cover of the society magazine or receive the exclusive invite to the fundraiser. (A word to the wise about that fundraiser: The agency that extended the invitation was not really fascinated that your polka-dotted purse matched your spouse’s polka-dotted tie. They really wanted to make sure that you brought your checkbook!)

God created a masterpiece when He made you! You are as smart as you are supposed to be. You are a beautiful woman or a handsome man because you are a handcrafted original made in the image of the Almighty!

Christ always intended for us to be in Him. When we see ourselves through our “Christ-lens” we should no longer be overwhelmed by our imperfections. II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

This does not mean I should not work to be more kind, loving, knowledgeable, etc. It means that — while I am where I am — the Christ in me stands much taller than all of my imperfections.

Satan wants us to be poor copies of others when God made us to be great originals in Him!

Andrae P. Crismon Sr. is the pastor of Higher Ground Worship Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is the author of “Pastor on Post: 30 Devotionals as Published in the Murfreesboro Post.” For more information, please go to:

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