If you’ve ever participated in drama, you know all about role playing. It’s a person assuming an assigned role and acting out what is expected from that character.
Role playing happens in more places than on stage. It can happen in the workplace, at home, at social gatherings, in the classroom, or in the political theater. It often takes the form of people acting out roles that they didn’t come up with themselves, but took on from someone else, or from popular belief in general.
A child acting up because everyone expects them to act up, is a classic example. But there are other more subtle forms role playing takes that are wise to avoid.
For instance, have you ever started to feel angry because others were angry, and they expected you to get angry? That’s role playing.
Have you ever started drinking alcohol because your friends were drinking, even though you wouldn’t have started drinking on your own? That’s role playing.
Have you ever been told that you should expect to get certain ailments because your ancestors had them, and then you found yourself struggling with them? That’s role playing.
As a child of God, you have your own spiritual individuality to live out and express. It’s an amazing individuality, filled with awe and wonder, eternal health, intelligence, wisdom, creativity, worth, value and glory.
There isn’t any mortal that can improve on what God has already given you. Mortal mind cannot possibly outline a better role for you to play than the role God has already set up for you to enjoy.
Don’t live to please others. Live to please God! Being a child of God is the best possible role you could ever play!