“The question is not what we intend ourselves to be, but what He intended us to be when he made us.” C.S. Lewis
On uniqueness – Do you ever ponder the fact that in all the world, there is absolutely no one exactly like you? You are different from each of the other billions of people who’ve ever lived. Uniqueness, being the one and only you, is something that we all possess. Thinking about our uniqueness even further…do you ever wonder why you are who you are?
In our uniqueness, each of us has something to offer that no one else can give. Only you can be you, and only you can use what you have to accomplish what you’ve been created to accomplish. When I think about all of the talents and abilities that God has equipped me with, I feel an overwhelming sense of responsibility to share what I have with others. No matter what it is that I write, or draw, or create, my own uniqueness is a part of whatever I do.
You too, have a unique set of gifts, may you discover them and use them…and may your own uniqueness shine through to those around you.
On possibilities – Possibilities are endless, they come in all shapes and sizes, in all colors, and in all forms. When I think of possibilities, I often think of them in terms of creativity. When I dream of an idea for creating an item for my budding line of handmade gifts, it is amazing how a single element, such as the texture of a swatch of fabric opens the door for a multitude of possibilities on how to incorporate it’s uniqueness into one of my products. Before I know it, my head is swimming with all kinds of lovely conceptualizations for intricate and elegant designs for my novelties. For me, such possibilities have a way of kindling my creative fire…sometimes its blaze far exceeds my own expectations. When it comes to creativity, possibilities are essential!
How about you, why not reach out and grab hold of your creative possibilities? Let them pour out of you like a stream of gifts. May they spill over into the lives of those around you spawning possibilities for them too…like gifts that keep on giving.
“After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.” Matthew 2:9-10
The story of the Magi in the Bible has always possessed an air of mystery in my opinion. How did these three wise men know that following the star would lead them to something worthy of the precious gifts that they brought with them to give? They traveled from places afar, they had so little to go on…following a star? Perhaps more than mystery, these wise men provided a strong example of faith. They believed in something so strongly that they forfeited a great deal of time and incurred much expense in order to receive it. In following that star to give exquisite gifts from their riches, they received something far more valuable; something that cannot be bought, for the price has already been paid.
What are you following? May it be the same thing that the wise men sought and found…and may you also receive the gift that gives through all eternity.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Remember when you were a kid and it seemed like it took forever for Christmas morning (or in our case, the wee hours of Christmas Eve night) to arrive? Waiting to tear into the fancily wrapped packages under the tree; waiting to bite into all the candy coated Christmas cookies that you helped to bake during the weeks before. Waiting was difficult to do back then, and sometimes it can be the hardest thing you can do now.
On the flip side…think of all the wonderful fun you had playing with all of the toys and games once they were they were opened. And how could you possibly fit another bite of cookies and candy canes into your mouth without exploding…but they were all so delicious! Oh the sweet rewards of waiting, eh?
Waiting is not always pleasant, but when the wait is over…oh what glorious gifts await us!
May you wait with anticipation and hope for the wonderful gifts that God has prepared for you this Christmas season!