You and I are unique. We don't think alike (thank goodness right?). We don't act alike. Line up ten decisions, and it's almost an absolute certainty we wouldn't make all ten decisions the exact same way. That doesn't make me better or worse than you. It makes me different. Instead of trying to figure out how to be accepted, maybe we should figure out who God has made us to be.
Batterson spends the whole book looking at the life of King David. He starts when he was a kid where his own family saw nothing but a snotty nosed, good for nothing shepherd boy. But God saw a giant killer. David probably saw himself as the exact thing his family had labeled him, but God sends things our way to bring out hidden things inside of us. Before David killed Goliath, it was his confidence that he gained from killing a lion and a bear that allowed him to go forward against the giant. At the time the lion and bear attacked, David wasn't considering it being training ground for a greater destiny, but God saw it and God knew. Many times the things we have faced in our past, whether they were ordained by God or not, will be used to complete the destiny God has written down for us all.
The truth of the matter is, we spend too much time trying to be somebody besides ourselves. It is easier that way. Admit it. Sometimes its even funner. Escaping the real world. Not acknowledging the problems and weaknesses that you and I know exist beneath the surface of the smile. It all seems great. But the truth is to be anything but who God made us to be is a wasted life. He made us and knows us better than we know ourselves. Our journey with God is certainly about getting to know him better, but it's also very much about getting to know ourselves better. We find out why we act the way we act. After all, Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would lead us into all truth and would teach us. We find out that the hidden scars of yesteryear aren't really scars, but are actually still open wounds infecting our whole being with their poison. Facing who we are and reliving some of the things we couldn't wait to leave behind is not the most admirable thing to do, yet to be who we are supposed to be and to take charge of our lives, it becomes necessary sometimes.
Batterson encourages us to not stop until we have become everything God destined and designed us to be. David's sins didn't stop his destiny. Neither will yours. God will be faithful if you are faithful. So who are you? What's your soul print?