Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Friday, November 6, 2015
Be the Best Me I Can Be
Oh, I can relate to the topic of today’s reading. Dear God, how incredibly strong is the temptation to “fit in!”
Different people crave different things. Some want to “fit in” by wearing the “right clothes” thinking the “right ideas” or driving the “right car.” As our meditation book Keep It Simple says, “Many of us used to care so much what other people thought about us.”  (Some still do care.)
But, how shallow is that? How important is it for me to want to “fit in” with my shallow, self-centered peer group? Or, do I have the firm foundation and self-confidence to march to the beat of a different drummer? My Higher Power’s drummer?
Instead, I am encouraged to stay in touch with my Higher Power (vertically) as well as my fellows (horizontally). Yes, I can be easily influenced by a group of peers. Not always the most positive thing. And yes, I need to be following my Higher Power (God as I understand God).
Can I follow God in my own way, today? And, every day? Can I be okay with being different, with being “me?”
The prayer at the end of the reading today is short, moving, and humbling: “Higher Power, help me be the best me I can be today.” 
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 Keep It Simple: Daily Meditations for Twelve-Step Beginnings and Renewal. (Hazelden Meditation Series) (San Francisco: Harper & Row Publishers, 1989), November 6 reading.