Biologists tell us that there are over 300,000 species of beetles on the planet. Talk about a God that likes variety! It’s also said that in one cubic foot of snow, there are 18 million snowflakes, and all of them are different.
In God’s economy, creativity and uniqueness are top priorities!
God’s DNA imprint on you – you, who were designed before God created the universe (Eph. 1:4) – means that there never has been and never will be another person just like you!
Unfortunately, too many of us don’t celebrate and live out our own uniqueness. We allow detractors to get in the way. Let me quickly share three of them with you.
Instead of focusing on who God has created us to be, and on the unique call for our lives, we compare ourselves to others. We look at what we haven’t got, what we can’t do, what we didn’t accomplish. Stop it! If God is the Sovereign God of the universe, then we can be assured that He is in charge of all things. Trust Him and quit comparing!
We all have things about our past and our personality that others can point to to make us feel unworthy of God’s love or his call. But again, God is Sovereign. Many of our issues and ailments are part of his creative plan for us. And even our sin or bad decisions are used by Him. Do not let anyone tell you that you are disqualified from living a God-called and God-honoring life. It isn’t their call to make! You have only one to whom you answer – the One who uniquely created you! Character traits, birth “defects,” size, mental illness, gender, race, orientation, intelligence, socio-economic status – none of this makes you any less special to God.
3. Vicarious Living
When we get older and look in the rearview mirrors of our lives, we often wish things had turned out differently. Since they didn’t, we try to re-live our lives through others: our kids, celebrities, athletes, etc. Such a slap in God’s face. At the risk of sounding redundant, He created you uniquely and set you on a unique path. Celebrate that! Celebrate the live you have lived and are living! Don’t wallow in self-pity, and please don’t subject your kids to the life you think you were supposed to live! That’s not fair to them or to you, and it doesn’t honor the Lord.
You are a one-of-a kind! Now would be a great time to stop and thank God for making you a masterpiece!