I recently asked my youngest son why he keeps waking up in the middle of the night and coming in my bed. He instantly replied, with a smile, “Because God made me that way.”
I was blown away. While we have told him that God created each of us uniquely, it’s not something that we say over and over to him. But, what struck me is that the concept for him was simple.
Because kids have a childlike faith. They believe simply because it’s easy for them. They get it. I think they sometimes understand God much better than we do.
It got me thinking about myself, and most adults.
Do we celebrate how God uniquely made each of us?
Do we say it with confidence?
What do we do instead?
We put labels on ourselves.
We say that we are just strange, or weird, or nerdy, or we just don’t fit in. Or, we buy into others’ labels that they’ve attached to us.
We’re not smart enough.
We aren’t creative.
We could never do what that person did.
We can’t make a significant impact.
We sell ourselves short.
I truly believe that God has uniquely wired each of us. He has given each of us purpose. He’s given us gifts that we need to discover (or sometimes recover), and He wants to help us see what we can do with those gifts to glorify Him.
One of my gifts is encouragement. I have learned to embrace this over the last few years. I used to keep it hidden inside, and only encouraged those close to me. I felt awkward encouraging others that I didn’t know as well, or who appeared that they might not need it.
But God has shown me how powerful this gift can be. I look back on my own life and reflect on the coaches and teachers who encouraged me during difficult times. I was changed because of some of their words. They helped me believe in myself when I needed it most.
So, let’s embrace how God has uniquely designed us.
How do we do that?
The first step is often figuring out what it is.
Spend time praying about it.
Think of what makes you get excited.
Think about what comes really naturally to you.
Ask a close friend who will be honest with you.
Then, embrace it!
Do something with it.
Say it out loud.
Tell someone else.
Be proud of it!
Accept it, and be open to how God wants to use it.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2
How are you uniquely made? Are you embracing it?