By Ministry Coordinator Kent Sullivan | April 1, 2021
I love to watch people everywhere I go. At airports, conferences, stores and churches, I love to watch people and how they interact with others.
My favorite is New York City in Times Square. For several years LeAnn would travel to New York for work, and I would tag along. I would be introduced as LeAnn’s Husband. It would be a vacation for me, so I would go down late night to time square and sit in the bleachers watching people. I was amazed at the diversity of those passing by, and how God has made humanity.
God loves diversity! And He made every single one of us exactly who we need to be!
Psalms 139: 13-16 (MSG)
"Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day."
From these verses, we learn three foundational truths. Three important truths about you:
- YOU ARE UNIQUE.
There isn’t anyone in the world like you. There never has been. There never will be. When God made you, He broke the mold. God does not create carbon copies, He only creates originals. Why did He go to all that trouble? You are Unique and Created by God.
- YOU ARE WONDERFULLY COMPLEX.
Have you ever acted in a certain way that surprised you? Have you ever said something and later thought, "What was I thinking when I said that?" Have you ever felt a certain way and later thought, "Why do I feel this way? What’s happening to me?" We are mysteries to ourselves. Have you ever been in a group and everybody reacted one way to a circumstance and you found yourself reacting in the exact opposite way to everyone else in the group? Inside you’re thinking, "What’s wrong with me?" There’s nothing wrong with you, you’re just unique. You are complex and you are unique. Sometimes you just have to admit, "I don’t know why I feel this way. I don’t know why I said that. I don’t know why I thought that." But God does. You are unique and you’re wonderfully complex.
- YOU HAVE A PURPOSE!
God created everything in the world for a purpose, the Bible says, including you. You’re not here by accident. You’re not just taking up space. God made you for a reason. You were designed by God and it was His idea. It’s not a mistake. You were planned before birth. God did not simply sit down at a computer and randomly access a bunch of components and throw it all together and out came you. The bible says very clearly that you were purposefully, personally, orderly planned and designed by God. His loving hand made you exactly the way you are.
You’re not an accident. God had a plan in the genetic codes of your life. He didn’t just throw it all together. You are you because God wanted you to be you. Your uniqueness is what God wants you to offer to the world.