I love this quote by Abraham Lincoln. In today's world many people are so busy trying to be like someone else that they forget God made them unique. We are all different. I'm glad about that, aren't you? When my kids were little they would get so put out when someone "copied" them. Of course, I would tell them that imitation is the highest form of flattery. That only worked for so long. We all cherish our individuality, but yet we so want to be accepted and blend in too.
Less and less is it okay to blend in. To live honorably with integrity is to stand out. We are called as believers to be blameless - holy because our God is holy. That makes for standing out in this day and time.
The quote from Abe isn't necessarily about standing out, it's about being the best you can. Whatever you are- be a good one; male, female, husband, wife, business man, homemaker, father, mother, president, nanny, truck driver, nurse; and the list goes on.
If we are going to be "a good one", we need to remember...
Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17
I think that's what Abe was talking about. If we live according to Jesus' teachings we will be our best self because we'll be doing everything in the name of Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father!
Blessings ~ W