Society often encourages us to conform to a type, a lesser and depersonalised version of ourselves, but that wasn’t God’s original plan. We are all made unique, and I am here to tell you that it wasn’t a mistake.
A year after I was saved, I found myself at Bible school. The route I had taken to get there had been unusual just like the rest of my new Christian life. My flourishing business –which God had been blessing– had lost every client bar one in the space of a week. They had all moved on for very genuine and varied reasons, but it stopped me in my tracks. As I asked God what was going on, He said that He wanted me to go to Bible School. It was shocking to me as I loved my job (I was training sports horses and riders at the time), but I was also excited to follow God’s leading and signed up.
On the first day, I was surprised to find that I had signed up for two years instead of one. Another gracious move by God as I wouldn’t have committed to the two years had I known. I moved from a mobile home on a beautiful and quiet hilltop in the middle of a 300 acre farm to a college filled with a few hundred people who bounced off the walls like youth leaders (If you have been around church for long enough you will know what I mean 😉 ). It was a shock to the system!
What surprised me in the weeks to come was how that eclectic mix of people began to mold themselves to be alike, even to sounding like clones of the well known leader who ran the college. Understand that it was neither the college or leaders fault. I suppose it’s human nature, for us to want to blend into the crowd, or copy success, but sometimes we can lose the value of our uniqueness. As for me, I felt like a fish out of water, unable to be what I wasn’t.
Over the last fifteen years I have increasingly understood that God created us as unique pieces of His larger picture. We are as different to one another as a piece of jigsaw puzzle. We’re not shaped like anyone else, yet we have our place and our purpose there to be discovered. We increasingly display the image of Jesus as we connect together with others. We are both unique and yet part of the whole.
Another perfect example of our diversity would be snowflakes. Each snowflake is unique and if God in His wisdom creates uniqueness in something as simple as a flake of snow, how much more He creates uniqueness in us, the pinnacle of His creation. Just think about some of the signs of our identity: our fingerprints and DNA. They are both unique to each one of us.
‘You alone created my inner being. You knitted me together inside my mother. I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this’. (Psalm 139:13-14)
Each of us is intentionally made by God. Our unique personalities were His plan from the outset of the world.
‘Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand’. (Isaiah 64:8)
Our Father in heaven didn’t stop creating us in the womb, but continues to mold us every day. He fixes the broken bits. He refines us. He reveals the purpose for which He made us, but we remain unique -Intentionally unique, beautifully unique, powerfully unique.
Some of you are tired. You are tired because you are using all your energy to be someone you are not. (Please understand I am talking about your uniqueness, not the sharp edges He is knocking off – We do need to discern the difference!) You have been conforming to an expectation which wasn’t meant for you.
Today I want to encourage you to take a journey of discovery. Your Father in heaven wants you to see who you really are, so you can fall in love with your uniqueness just as He has. There really is no one like you in the world and that’s no accident. God has made you unique; therefore you must be just the person He’s looking for.
How does the realisation that God created you unique change how you see yourself? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
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