Posts Tagged ‘Psalm 139:13-16’

Remarkably Original

September 21st, 2010

“Train up a child in keeping with his individual gift or bent.” Proverbs 22:6 Amplified Bible

My thoughts today are about being “remarkably original.”

Today the World Population Clock estimates the world’s population to be 6.87 billion people, and among all of that number, you are unique, a remarkable original. Now, that’s amazing! There are no two persons whose fingerprints are identical! During the worst of blizzards and in the deepest of snowdrifts, there are no two snowflakes alike. And children, even from the same family, though similar are never exactly the same. Each individual has a singular and identifiable DNA that differentiates and distinguishes him or her apart from all others.

You are definably unique – remarkably handmade and custom designed by God! Read Psalm 139:13-16 NIV. Temperaments vary. Abilities differ. Interests are unique. Personalities are distinctive. Aptitudes are individual. Assignments are diverse. God’s limitless creativity made you that way, altogether unique, remarkably original. Imagine a God who can do that!

By divine design, you are “one of a kind.” There is no one anywhere who is exactly what you are. God must have had a reason to do this way beyond “just because He could.” Here’s why all this matters. I think uniqueness means that God has something for you to be and do, which no one else can do as you will, for which you are especially purposed and divinely prepared; it is critical that you dedicate yourself to God’s calling and gifting because there is no one else who can fill your place in His world except you.

Parents, teachers, pastors, and friends – anyone in Godly authority – have a responsibility to study you carefully and handle you wisely, to help you discover how you are unique, and why God has made you so. Then you can learn to value and celebrate how God has made you, and use what God has given you for the good of others. You compliment your Creator by striving to become the best that you can be, for the glory of God. “You are not your own, therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:20.

As it relates to a work of art, every copy made is worth substantially less than the original from which it was copied. God made you an original; some people are willing to be copies. Don’t devalue yourself by trying to be exactly like anyone else, nor how anyone else wants you to be. You are already have a Creator; you don’t need an amateur wanna-be messing it up. Doesn’t it seem ironic that people either try to be poor copies of others, or attempt to be different from everyone else, often in the most bizarre of ways?

Be yourself! Be yourself in the wonderful way that God made you, in His image and likeness. A couple of years ago, the Army recruited young men and women by challenging them, Be all that you can be.” That’s a worthy goal that will serve you for a lifetime.

My prayer for you today is: that you find joy in what God is working to do with your life.

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A Designer’s Original

February 8th, 2010

“Train up a child in keeping with his individual gift or bent.” Proverbs 22:6 Amplified Bible

At the core of every person is the awesome and personal design of God awaiting discovery.”

My thoughts today are about “a Designer’s original.”

I find three practical truths in Solomon’s wise counsel in today’s verse. First, God the Creator designed your uniqueness and individuality with love and mastery, as He formed you in your mother’s womb. The Bible says, “Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.” Psalm 139:13-16 NIV. There is nothing about you that is random or accidental. If that were not true there would be no pattern for a parent to follow, no destiny for each child to realize.

Secondly, you are to discover the design that is God-given. That’s where your greatest achievements will be found. To the degree your parents succeed in that and you will embrace that design, you will find satisfaction and success in life.

You will occasionally hear a reference to a person’s “natural bent,” the way God created them. There is a naturalness to every person that is supernatural in its origin. The biggest mistake a parent could make may be trying to impose their own hopes and plans, pushing a child in ways they were never meant to go. Yes, you are affected to some measure by your heredity and environment, but know this: at your core is the awesome and personal design of God.

Thirdly, your greatest goal is to recognize and understand what is right for you. You are a Designer’s original, made in His image and likeness. See Genesis 1:26-31 NIV. Little girls and grown ladies watches beautiful celebrities walk the red carpet at a glamorous TV event, talking about the designer original dress and dazzling jewelry they are wearing. Some may wear a designer original, but more importantly, everyday you are one – the Designer’s original, incredibly beautiful and a handmade one-of-a-kind!

Every other objective and passion of your life will flow from your being comfortable and secure in what comes naturally to you – what clearly and consistently resonates in your heart of hearts. Something inside will whisper, “This is me; this is how God made me,” not as any excuse for imperfections, but as a calling to be all God designed you to be. Refuse to be a cheap copy of anyone else. Be yourself as a tribute to your Creator.

This can best, maybe only be found in Christ. “That you may prove for yourself what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2 NKJV. You most find yourself – who you really are and are to be – when you fully give yourself to God. To lack this is to become vulnerable to peer pressure, to succumb to others’ undue influence to conform you, or to tragically lose yourself by pleasing someone else’s agenda for your life’s path. “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically as something done for the Lord, and not for men.” Colossians 3:23.

My prayer for you today is that you understand that what is righteous before God will be right for you.

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