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Taking Steps Towards Seeing Your Uniqueness
Hey Marked Ministry Teens! I hope y’all are having a great summer so far and are staying safe during this quarantine season. In these times, where differences are seen as a negative, the Bible reminds us that we are all made unique. You shouldn’t be ashamed of who God made you to be because you were made for a purpose. You can take steps towards seeing your uniqueness and how wonderful you are.
In your differences, what makes you special? What makes you stand out? I definitely stick out from the crowd because I am six feet tall and almost a head taller than most people around me. Sometimes I would slouch so that I wouldn’t stick out as much, but eventually I learned to embrace what I thought was my defect and proudly hold my head high. With time, I realized that my height made me special and gave me some advantages. Now I can use my height to help other people reach high shelves or find somebody in a big crowd. It also gives me an advantage in volleyball. Find out what makes you different and don’t be afraid to stand out.
Take steps towards seeing your uniqueness. God created us in our own unique way, so let your light shine bright as God created us. If God created us all the same, life would be so boring. We are meant to be different and serve our own unique purpose. Some steps you can take towards seeing your uniqueness are:
- Embrace the real you. Don’t hide yourself or your talents. You were created by the king and He knows your name. Stand tall and stand out! Don’t be afraid of judgement or rejection. Take chances. They could turn out in your favor.
- Don’t believe the internal lies. Stop telling yourself the lies that you’re not good enough, or good looking, or popular enough. Believe what God says about your true identity.
- Look at your special talents. What are you good at? I’m sure you have a lot of talents. You might not think so, but you have your talents for a purpose – to glorify God and to find your calling.
- Don’t try to be something you’re not. Remember, the Bible says we are uniquely and wonderfully made. God doesn’t make mistakes, so don’t try to be a totally different person. Our rich diversity is what makes life interesting. God didn’t make us all have the same skin color, or hair color, or eye color. We were made to stand out.
In conclusion, be the best you that God created you to be. God knows what’s best for you because he created you. In Jeremiah 1:4-5, it says, “The LORD gave me this message: ‘I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.’” So go and use your differences and talents to show the world who you are!