'Uniquely You'

Thursday Reflection

9th July 2020

God loves diversity and variety

We really don't have to travel far
to discover just how much God loves diversity and variety.
Did you know that in one cubic foot of snow
there are 18 million individual snowflakes and not two of them alike?
And while we can't tell the difference,
it's just snow to us; but God notices and created each one of them.

God likes variety in people too.
If you ever had to wait for an airplane or stand in queue at a supermarket,
you'll see all sorts of unique people.
God made every one of them individually,
and when we look in the mirror,
we see just how different we are.
The Bible says,

13 For you created my inmost being;
   you knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
   your works are wonderful,
   I know that full well. (Psalm 139:13-14)

Each one of us is unique.
There's no one else like you in the entire world.
There never has been and there never will be.
You are a one and only, and God broke the mould after he made you.
God doesn't create carbon copies, only originals.
If we were to travel the entire length and breadth of our planet
we wouldn't find anyone else with the same footprint,
fingerprint, or voiceprint. We are unique.

Each of us has strength and talents that God has given to us.
The Psalmist wrote,

'It is God who arms me with strength.' 18:32

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul said,

'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.' 4:13

And 1 Chronicles 29:13 states,

'in your [God] hands are strength and power
 to exalt and give strength to all.'

God gives us all strength,
yet I believe there are special things he gives
to each of us that make us strong individually.
Psalms 33:14-15 says,

14 from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth -
15 he who forms the hearts of all,
   who considers everything they do.

We are collectively the body of Christ,
but God has wired each of us differently.
God has formed our hearts individually,
he has given certain talents to one person
that may not be in another person.
He has given one person a certain strength that is different to another.
There is something that is unique to each one of us
that gives us strength, character and presence,
something that makes us people in our own right,
each a unique individual.

It is a foundation,
a seat of strength that he wants to use
in order to influence and to bless others.
God made each of us for a reason.
God designed us.
It was His idea, and God doesn't make mistakes.
We were planned before we were born.
God didn't just sit down and randomly access a bunch of components
and threw them together and out we came.
We are unique and God wanted us to be uniquely us
and that is the 'me' God wants to offer to the world.

Let us find our unique talents and share them with the world.