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5 Jan – You were not an accident!

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When you consider the question “”What on earth am I here for?” we have to realise a few things about ourselves. Firstly is the fact that we are all unique. We are individuals, and our birth was not a mistake, mishap, or without a plan. Even if our parents didn’t exactly “plan” our arrival, that doesn’t mean God didn’t plan us, nor was He surprised by our birth.

We are all alive because God created us, and wanted us alive in this time and hour.

The bible says, “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. (Psalm 139:13-16 The Message)

Because God made each one of us for a reason, He also planned our life in advance. He left no detail to chance. That’s because He planned each one of us with a unique purpose. We are in actual fact, one of a kind.

I have some friends who are identical twins. They are 99% identical. Yet they are different. They have different personalities, likes, dislikes, interests, careers, preferences and mannerisms. Even though they are predominately physically identical, God still created them unique. And that uniqueness shines through, fortunately enabling me to not get confused about which one is which.

The challenge for each one of us in our everyday life is believing we are one of a kind, and embracing our uniqueness. That can be difficult, especially when the world around us often teaches that we must seek to be “normal” and fit in. When you think about it, “what is normal anyway, and how boring and mundane would life be if everyone was the same”?

The bible says, “Don’t copy the behaviour 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) That means we don’t have to try and fit in with the world, and what it says is okay and normal. When we ask Jesus into our life, He encourages us to become the person we were born to be, which is unique, deeply loved by God, and living with a purpose.

Today, consider how your life might change if you began to live each day believing that God loves you and has a purpose for your life? Consider how you might make the most of your God given uniqueness, gifts and talents to enjoy life more, and to give into the lives of those around you.

Prayer: Lord thank you that I am not an accident, and that you love me. Help me to really understand and believe that I am one of a kind, with a special purpose and reason for being here. In Jesus name Amen.

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