Good morning. Guess what day it is? Today's power scripture comes from Psalm 139:14 (ESV) – “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
Why do we try so hard to be like everyone else? We strive to keep up with the Joneses; to wear the same labels on our clothes; drive cars that are known by numbers instead of names; walk alike; talk alike and even chew gum alike. We look at rail thin models and social misfits to try to decide how we should dress. We listen to emaciated anorexics to decide how we should eat. We listen to those beat down by life and holding diplomas from the school of hard knocks to tell us how to organize our lives and teach our children.
We come into this world as originals but we work so hard to be carbon copies. God made us in his image and placed within our mothers’ wombs the capacity incubate original individuals capable of thinking, learning and being the very best of what God designed within our DNA. Don’t hurt God’s heart by denying the wonderful creation he made you to be. So what if your ears are a bit large; your eyes too squinty; voice to scratchy or feet too wide! So what if you don’t have legs like JLo or swagger like Denzel or President Obama; muscles like Serena Williams or a smile like Idris Elba! We all have some physical flaws that we wish we could change, but those very things are what make us so special. Early in her career it was suggested that vocalist Barbara Streisand correct the size and angle of her nose; but it was those very features that produced her unique sound.
Give God thanks for the special traits which you possess that stand you out in a crowd. Do not be ashamed of your skin color, height, weight, hair texture or the lack of hair. Be proud if you walk with a limb (make it your trademark gait) or have a slight lisp (purposefully use words with lots of c’s and s’s just to make your point). Celebrate being you. Celebrate being special. Celebrate being unique.
Every day is a good day; it is up to us to make it a power-packed GREAT day! Be blessed! Dr. JoAnn