On several of my shirts, I have my initials sewn onto the cuff—A.T.E. There will never be a question about whose shirts those are because my initials demonstrate that they are my shirts. I do this on the shirts that I have personally customized for me. 
Now I have a number of other shirts that were bought off the rack. A lot of people could possibly claim that they also have shirts just like them, and they would be right. But they wouldn’t be able to claim that about the shirts with my initials sewn in because those shirts were custom-made. 
When something is custom-made it means it’s fitted to your uniqueness. It has been crafted with you in mind. That means it’s not for everyone else to wear. 
A life of destiny is where you measure what you have done compared to what you were created to do. 
We are all unique. We are all custom-made. There is no reason to try to be someone else or to live someone else’s life. Why settle for off-the-rack living when there is an identity and destiny custom-made for you? Living out your destiny is not a life whereby you measure who you are compared to who someone else is. Nor is it a life where you measure what you have done compared to what someone else has done. A life of destiny is where you measure what you have done compared to what you were created to do. 
There is only one you—and you are it.
Yet too many people spend so much of their lives trying to be somebody else. “Why try to be somebody else, though?” is a question I always ask. God already has one of them. There is only one you—and you are it. One of the first steps to living out your destiny comes in realizing it’s YOUR destiny. God made you unique on purpose because He has a plan that only your personality, background, temperament, mindset, skills and all else can fulfill. Embrace you—stop the comparisons. Halt the competitions. Let go of the jealousy, envy or regret. Be the you God made you to be, and you will be on your way to manifesting within you the purpose God has created you to fulfill.

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About The Author

Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.

Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.

Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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