Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Similar Snowflakes

          DNA is an amazing creation. From features to mannerisms and even personality, we inherit so much, but even though we are similar God has made us unique. My daughter and I were recently talking about snowflakes and marveling at how so many of one thing could be so different. Part of being "A Work in Progress" is because we are all so different.  But our uniqueness, who God has made us to be, is also what collectively can help others know who He is.

          I am no meteorologist, but I have learned that flakes of snow are created in the highest clouds from three items: water, air, and dust, (Interestingly, when comparing this to how God created man). As I began to think about combining three materials to create an endless supply of, anything, let alone individual snowflakes, I was reminded, once again, that God is the Ultimate Designer.

          God gave each of us gifts - different, unique, special presents, in our personalities - not just for ourselves but for those around us. We are designed to have relationships and to learn, interact, teach, encourage, and share life with one another. God made us in His own image so that we could fellowship with Him, (He even went as far as to give us the choice to do so). Then God gave us our personalities, which although can be put into test categories, remains to be specific to each one of us.

          We live in a society that seems to be bent on making everyone the same. Whether in looks, speech, tastes, ideas, or styles - conforming appears to be the new "it".  But is there a balance? No matter who we are or what we believe we will always be similar to someone, but that is not a bad thing. Even an anarchist is similar to another one. So, the real question is how do we know what to base our fundamental beliefs in, so that we can enjoy our differences?

          Jesus showed and taught us that God's Word is truth and when we stand firm with the belt of truth we are able to remain grounded in God's Word in life. None of us are perfect, but we can always return to center, truth (The Word), even in the variety of our personalities. Therefore, when we live our lives not compromising The Word of God we are able to find commonality in the rest of our differences.

          In people, just like snowflakes, together we can make a bigger difference. From people who compliment us to those who complicate our lives, we can all learn and encourage one another in the Lord.  Being similar to one another does not make us the same, just like having differences with someone does not make us incompatible. However, it does make us "A Work in Progress".  When our unique qualities come together others can easily see a beautiful creation - designed by God Himself.

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand that we should walk in them."
(Eph. 2:10 NKJV)

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