Embracing Your Uniqueness
Embracing Your Uniqueness
You are unique. God, the Creator, made you that way.
Of course we are all made in the image of God.
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27
But this doesn’t mean He made a bunch of clones. Quite the contrary. God created each of us as unique individuals that make up the body of Christ.
“Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” – 1 Corinthians 12:27
Consider the fact that no two people are exactly the same. Even identical twins have distinctive fingerprints.
So what does this mean?
Each of us is called to fulfill a special purpose. YOU were chosen by God to fulfill YOUR unique calling.
This is highlighted beautifully in the famous movie It’s a Wonderful Life. The main character, George Bailey, portrayed by Jimmy Stewart, is given a rare glimpse into what would happen if he were never born. Ultimately, George discovers the positive impact he made on many individuals and the community as a whole.
Just like the core premise of this movie, it’s important to recognize that you are not insignificant. You are needed. Without you, many others would be adversely affected. You were chosen by God to fulfill His will, to live, love, and lead like Jesus, and to be a blessing for others.
5 Ways to Embrace Your Unique Calling
Here are 5 ways to embrace your unique calling by God.
- Amplify your background. Consider your family and cultural background. Whether you consider it good or bad, don’t hide it. God arranged for you to be born where you were born, and into the family you were born. Consider how you can leverage your background to glorify God and help others experience Jesus.
- Know your personality profile. It is a proven fact that diversity of thought and personalities improve the effectiveness of teams (and families). Consider taking the Biblical DISC Assessment to understand the key attributes of your own personality, and how to interact effectively with other personality types. Those who learn to get along well with others tend to accomplish more (and faster).
- Develop your strengths and minimize your weaknesses. This is a core tenant of a paper written by management guru Peter Drucker, called Managing Oneself. If you compare the amount of energy invested in improving a weakness vs. expanding a strength, the best you’ll achieve with a weakness is becoming moderately good at it. But with the same amount of energy you can turn any strength into a foundational capability that truly glorifies God.
- Turn your purpose into passion. Once you understand your purpose, you have the opportunity to move beyond day-to-day drudgery to experience real passion and joy in serving God and others. It’s about knowing that you’re making a significant difference in the lives of others AND pleasing the Father in heaven.
- Allow yourself to become “Jesus with skin on”. You are called to be a representative of Jesus, and others should be able to see Him through you. He even specifically prayed to the Father for you, “ I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” [John 17:23] Again, Jesus doesn’t expect us to be clones. He expects us to glorify Him by allowing His love and life to shine through the unique gifts and qualities the Father placed in us.
If you’ve ever questioned your uniqueness, stop! Instead, accept that you were born with a unique calling. Once you’ve identified it, prayed over, and praised God for it, then embrace it with your whole heart. The rest of the body of Christ is relying on you to fulfill it!
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