In The Screwtape Letters, the elder demon Screwtape is instructing the younger demon Wormwood on how to properly tempt a human. He writes,
“Of course I know that the Enemy (God) also wants to detach men from themselves, but in a different way. Remember, always, that He really likes the little vermin, and sets an absurd value on the distinctness of every one of them. When He talks of their losing their selves; He means only abandoning the clamour of self-will; once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personality, and boasts (I am afraid, sincerely) that when they are wholly His they will be more themselves than ever. Hence, while He is delighted to see them sacrificing even their innocent wills to His, He hates to see them drifting away from their own nature for any other reason. And we should always encourage them to do so. The deepest likings and impulses of any man are the raw material, the starting point, with which the Enemy has furnished him.”
–C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters (bold emphasis mine)
I love this. God delights in our individuality; he has given us likings and interests–for example, my love for literature–and he delights when we use those interests in a healthy, God-glorifying way.
We’re not clones of each other, and we’re not intended to be exactly alike: thinking the same way, being interested in exactly the same things, and responding in duplicate to each circumstance of life. God created a variety of people!