Are you satisfied with who you are? In looks and character? Are you always comparing yourself with someone and wishing that you were someone else? Is your life one of dissatisfaction just because you don’t have that ‘one trait’ that makes you attractive as somebody else?
Instead of always being at the complaint counter, why don’t we realize that each one of us is unique and God has built-in character traits or outward features exactly according to His plan? If He has given us a short stature or a frail physique or a quiet nature and not given that to another person, He has a purpose for it. It’s for us to be satisfied and not be discontented, because our Creator has formed us perfectly. Let’s ponder over some verses from Psalm 139.
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.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
– Psalm 139:13-16
Many of the greatest preachers or missionaries of the world had their handicaps but God used them in a mighty way. Many of the Biblical characters were handicapped in at least one character-trait but God transformed them and used them to bring light into the world of the lost. Even today the light in their lives shines on us.They were given to us as examples so that we don’t become discouraged. Don’t’ we know very well the impulsiveness of Peter that landed him in troublesome situations? Look at the difference in his life after he knew the Christ and the impact that he made in Christendom. Elijah gave in to depressing thoughts even after he ‘brought down fire from heaven’ but God strengthened him to go on. Fanny Crosby, the great hymn writer, was blind from birth but she wouldn’t have it otherwise! She took her disability positively and wrote hymns that are embedded deep in our heart. We can feel His presence in them because she ‘saw’ her Creator in all His glory.
Many a time we watch the ‘smart’ people of the world and think that they ‘have it all’. But let us not forget that they too might be longing for some character trait that we have in us. Many ‘quiet’ people don’t get a chance to come up in life, even in spiritual circles. Others don’t see the dynamo that’s within them. But God does. Each one of us is special to God. We are precious to Him.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you…
– Isaiah 43:4
He looks at what’s inside our heart. Let’s thank Him for how He has made us, for He can use that ‘particular’ trait in us for His glory, if we yield to His will in our lives. Each one can contribute to the furtherance of His kingdom with the uniqueness that God has given him or her. No one need to think of himself as small or worthless. There wouldn’t be any variety in life if all were made of the same nature or caliber. The only similarity is that we are all made in the likeness or image of God.
So God created man in his own image. – Genesis 1:27
The ultimate purpose of God is,
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. – Romans8: 29
One day all these differences will be null and void when we rule with our Lord and Saviour in eternity with a glorious body. Amen.