Have you ever really studied your fingerprint? How amazing that throughout the entire world, there is no one who has your exact print?! That concept completely and utterly fascinates me.
It’s easy to get into the mindset that we all want or need to be the same as everyone else–same hairstyle, same fashion sense, same parenting techniques, same likes and dislikes, but the truth is, there are unique and original aspects in each one of us that we should embrace and celebrate.
A totally surfacey example for me is my red hair…for years all I wanted was to be blonde and tan like so many other girls in Virginia Beach. I hated having a hair color that was so different and paler than pale skin, but after years of trying to fight it and convince myself I could “tan” only to utterly fry my fair skin, I now know that my red hair is part of who I am. Plus, it allows me to join the ranks of a dying minority that include Anne of Green Gables, Madeline, Diane Lane, and Emma Stone.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
Each one of us has been uniquely shaped and designed by a Creator who knew exactly what He was doing when He knit us together. We’re perfectly original and totally unique.
I recently had a conversation with a friend who was telling me that she’s working on encouraging the uniqueness she sees in others. Often, we’re too focused on trying to figure out who we want to be, that we miss out on knowing and appreciating who we truly are.
I was so struck by my friend’s desire to celebrate the uniqueness in others and speak Truth into their original giftings and passions. Wouldn’t you just love someone to sit down and speak life into the real you…not who you want others to think you are, not who you wish you were, but the real you? It’s easy to say “your differences make your special” (sorry, I know that sounds a little Sesame Street) but to hear it from someone else, is a different story.
I have one friend who is the most perfect listener and able to acutely pinpoint the root of situations and rather than tell you what to do, she validates your feelings and offers insight and suggestions.
Another has an incredible eye for design and aesthetics and loves people so well by welcoming them into her home.
Another has an energy and zest for life that’s so contagious that people are drawn to her and she’s quick to bring them into the fold.
Others are incredible leaders and can shepherd flocks of all ages—whether it’s by leading a Bible study, organizing group runs, or spontaneously putting on the most fabulous dance parties!
Even my fictional, red headed friend Madeline, though she drove Miss Clavel crazy, was created with courage, enthusiasm, and confidence to go on to do great things!
Many others have incredibly unique passions—a passion for highs school girls to come to know Jesus in a deep and meaningful way, a passion for serving groups of people in other countries, a passion for international public health, a passion for the poorest of the poor, a passion for victims of human trafficking—the list could go on and on.
Even our passions are designed and intended to be unique and that is such a good thing! It’s okay if you don’t feel like you have the same calling or passion as others. If we all had the same passions there would be a lot of people and places in the world that would never be served.
So, I apologize if I’m rambling this morning but the takeaways I want to leave you with are this:
- You are fearfully and wonderfully made—there is no one else on this earth just like you.
- You’re uniqueness is part of that perfection—don’t try to fight it.
- Look at the people in your own life and see how you can encourage and speak life into their original strengths and giftings.