You be you. Don’t be your parents or grandparents. You can admire them, appreciate them, and learn from them. But you cannot be them. You aren’t them. “Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life” (Galatians 6:4–5 msg).
Jesus was insistent on this. After the resurrection he appeared to some of his followers. He gave Peter a specific pastoral assignment that included great sacrifice. The apostle responded by pointing at John and saying, “‘Lord, what about him?’ Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to live until I come back, that is not your business. You follow me’” (John 21:21–22 ncv).
In other words, don’t occupy yourself with another person’s assignment; stay focused on your own.
“And there are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different results, but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.”
1 Corinthians 12:5-6 NET
“Because of this I remind you to rekindle God’s gift that you possess through the laying on of my hands.”
2 Timothy 1:6 NET
“Let each one examine his own work. Then he can take pride in himself and not compare himself with someone else. For each one will carry his own load.”
Galatians 6:4-5 NET
“So when Peter saw him, he asked Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus replied, “If I want him to live until I come back, what concern is that of yours? You follow me!””
John 21:21-22 NET