This is a common phrase that I hearwhen someone wants to acknowledge a difference & not be excessively hostile. In general, I like the premise of this phrase, but it unravels quickly when the other person oversteps their personhood & begins trampling on you.
For example, even though Joseph had expressed clear limits to Potiphar’s wife, she exceeded his boundary & tried to force him to have sex with her. This turned out bad for Joseph, even though he did the right thing. While we may try to be respectful & do the right thing, not everyone follows those same convictions. And if things go south for you, like they did for Joseph, you can rest assured that God works everything to our good, as we keep loving God & stay true to His purposes. Just some food for thought for your wonderful weekend 🙂
My dad was a really unique man & he didn’t seem to have any frustrations with his individuality. Thankfully, both of my parents have passed this along to me – they’ve always encouraged me to be myself & true to what’s in my heart. Now that I’m in my 40s, I believe that one of the best ways that we can honor God is to be true to God’s design & schematic outline in our lives. Trying to be like someone else is like slapping our Creator in the face. Comparing ourselves to others puts human limits on our Divine design.
So lets allow the genuine love of God to shape us into who God has made us to be – not quagmired or mired in human comparisons or confinements. Let love help you to be good at being you 🙂