I am who I am

God is pretty awesome. At least I think He is.

He can’t be compared to any other being. He is eternal,  almighty. He is the fount of all wisdom and knowledge, mercy and grace. He is love and forgiveness, comfort and strength. He is Spirit and He is truth. And so much more. He is Creator, Redeemer, Lord and Saviour. He is Father.

Many places in the Bible we are told that “there is none like Him” (2 Samuel 7:22 is just one).  God is who He is — there never has been, never is, and never will be any one else like Him in all the world.

This week I’ve been involved in several conversations about how we are each created as unique individuals. Not one of us human beings is like any other. Someone once said it’s like God broke the mold after he made each person.

We all look different. We each have our own particular ways of behaving, thinking, talking, laughing. We have unique preferences, giftings, and areas of weakness. Just like the snowflakes that fall from heaven on a winter’s day, we are each and every one of us unique. No two are the same!

The Bible tells me that I am accepted (John 1:12) and dearly loved by Him (John 3:16). I am significant in His eyes (Eph. 2:4-7). More than that even: I am made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). What a marvelous thing! When I think about it, it takes my breath away!

As God’s child, I can be totally secure in who He has made me to be. It’s a dangerous trap, and actually quite displeasing to my Father, to compare myself to His other children. If I think I am worse than someone else I can end up in despair or at least feeling discouraged and depressed. If I believe I’m better than the next person then I may fall prey to pride. I don’t want to be in either of those places!

I know I can most definitely learn from those around me. I can be inspired by others, motivated and encouraged, corrected and re-directed by others. But I am not intended to be a clone of anyone else. I am myself – fashioned by my Father to be my own quirky and wonderful self.  The Bible tells me that “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14 ).  God said it – I believe it – that settles it!

As His beloved and uniquely fashioned child I can say with certainty and conviction: I am who I am, and I’m glad of it!

The same goes for you – you are His handiwork, precious in His sight. That is cause for celebration.

“Be yourself no matter what other people think.  God made you the way you are for a reason. Besides, an original is always worth more than a copy.” (unknown)

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