I remember art class in grade school and how we passed around a leaf pattern made of cardstock. After we traced, cut-out, and colored our leaves, our teacher would hang them somewhere in the classroom or out in the hallway.
The leaves were basically the same. There was a difference in the way we colored them of course, but the shape and size were identical. Why wouldn’t they be? We used the same pattern.
The idea of using the same pattern as everyone else is fine for an elementary art project, but what about real life? Are you using the same pattern as everyone else so you’ll fit in or you’ll just feel better about yourself? Maybe you’re afraid of letting other people down instead of considering that you’re letting God down. Are you choosing that worn-out, old pattern others are using instead of being who God wants you to be?
It’s hard to turn down the pattern, to go against the norm and stand alone. But sometimes you have to do it to become who God wants you to be.
He doesn’t want you to be just like everyone else, or He would have made you that way. In a world full of cut-out leaves, He wants you to be His one-of-a-kind masterpiece, unique and memorable like that first snowflake of a new season; one that will astonish the world.
“Do not conform any longer 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.” (Romans 12:2 NIV.)