Beeee yourself…or maybe not

Growing up, one of my favorite movies was the animated version of Aladdin. I remember reciting the entire movie, including singing every song, with my best friend as we would run during PE class. Literally, the two of us knew the entire movie by heart! However, one particular line from the film struck a chord with me. Genie, while engaged in an argument with Aladdin, urged him to “beeee yourself.” If you remember the movie, Genie had turned himself into a bee during this scene (so punny of him, ha!).

“Beeee yourself.”

It’s a popular message in today’s culture, encouraging individuals to embrace their true identities and follow their hearts. It sounds empowering. It seems like a phrase that can exude confidence. Yet, why does following my heart not end in peace, comfort, and fulfillment?

Spoiler alert! Peace comes through the transformative power of Christ, not our human nature.

Let’s consider the Biblical truth: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). In light of this verse, being myself means I am a sinner. Simply being ourselves implies remaining trapped (like the Genie in the lamp), disconnected from the divine purpose God has for each of us. However, as we explore Psalm 51:10a, we discover hope: “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” The psalmist is praying for the Lord to do transformative work.

Our loving God does not abandon us in our sinful state but calls us to live as His chosen people. In 1 John, we find an invitation to walk in the light of Christ and experience the call to be God’s child. The apostle Paul urges believers in Romans 12:2a to “not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” This transformation, far more profound than simply being ourselves, enables us to discern the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Consider the joy of shedding our sinful nature and becoming a new creation in Christ. 

I realize this concept is contrary to the bumper stickers and t-shirts of today’s culture, but I venture to believe we have all lived life long enough to know that we are not equipped in and of ourselves. The fact that people are managing increased anxiety, struggling with identity, and seeking counseling more today than at any time in history, we know we need help. We need transformation. 

When we accept the love and grace of Jesus, we embark on a journey of becoming like Him—imitating His character, mirroring His love, and embodying His teachings. This transformative process allows us to take off our old selves and put on who God has called us to be. Who our Creator calls us to be is much greater, much better, and much more fulfilling than anything I can imagine in my own power.

This transformative process allows us to take off our old selves and put on who God has called us to be.

-Tyra Harnishfeger

The book of Proverbs offers timeless wisdom. Proverbs 3:3-4 teaches us to let love and faithfulness guide our actions, binding them around our necks and writing them on the tablet of our hearts (New International Version). In doing so, we align ourselves with the path of righteousness and become more like Christ.

When we choose to “beeee like Christ,” we move beyond the limitations of being ourselves. We walk as children in the light. We shed our old selves. We align ourselves with God’s divine plan. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit. It is through this transformation that we bring glory to our Creator, experience peace and joy, and begin to walk in God’s purpose for our lives.

As we journey through this life, let us move beyond the notion of “being yourself” and embrace the transformative power of Christ. Let us allow His love and grace to mold us into new creations, where we become vessels of His light in the world. By embracing this invitation to become more like Christ, we unlock true peace, joy, and fulfillment.

So, the next time you encounter the phrase “be yourself,” remember that you can do even better than that—you can “beeee like Christ.”


Let’s journal:

  • Consider how you have fallen short of embracing the transformative power of Christ. Spend some time in prayer.
  • Reflect on how God has pursued you through Christ to transform you into a new creation.
  • Praise God for not leaving you as “yourself” but renewing you each day to look more and more like his Son through the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Feel free to print the downloadable scripture below. (I love to print it on sticker paper and use the elements in my Bible art.)

Supplies:

Crayola Pearlescent Paint Markers

Matte Frosted Clear Full Sheet Sticker Labels


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