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Topic: It's a Colorful World (12/03/09)
TITLE: I Am God's Greatest Creation
By Laura Anderson
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I sit in the balcony at church. I like to people watch. Not one person who walks by is exactly the same in body, soul, mind and spirit. The creativity of God breaks all standards of imagination. The love of God supercedes all forms of affection. There was never a time that God did not love me. Since before creation, there is no one exactly like me that's alive now, or who once lived or who will live. There is no one who will have the same exact life experiences, or the same talents or the same gifts. Without me telling my story or being a witness or testifying to God's love, the body of Christ functions with a part missing. Instead of hiding in the shadows, I will highlight my uniqueness. I have talents and gifts from God in combinations different from every single person since the beginning of time. I will capitalize on my differences and use my uniqueness as an asset to shine my light in a dark world. My daughter used to say “don't make fun of my differences.” She's right—instead celebrate them! Joseph was given by his father, Jacob, a coat of many colors. I imagine he stood out some. Jacob gave an outward sign to Joseph of his favor and blessing. His brothers hated him, threw him in a pit, sold him into slavery, but Joseph had worn that coat long enough to know the favor was still on him. He could never forget the dreams. I will never forget my dreams. I have a great proclivity to blend in. I am most effective when I stand out and showcase my differences. I am here at this place, at this time for a purpose. I am God's greatest creation.
Many years ago, I drew a picture of open hands with the names of my family engraved on them. I read Isaiah 49:16 and realized God not only wrote my name in His Book but He imprinted my name on the palm of His hand. Isaiah 49:15-16 (NIV) I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. I love the way the Amplified Bible puts this—Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed) a picture of you on the palm of each of my hands. Have you ever watched the tattoo artists on TLC? The people going into the shop many times have a picture inked on an arm or leg or back. Often the picture is of a child a daddy wants to memorialize forever so when someone sees the picture on him they ask, “Who's that?” And the daddy says with love and pride, “That's my son or daughter!” Abba opens His hands to show the angels and those in heaven before us my picture. “Look at my son. Look at my daughter. See how much I love them,” the Father says. I am God's greatest creation.
Abba, I am a miracle in the making. I thank You for seeing me as I have become in Jesus.
Help me see myself as Your greatest creation. Thank You Jesus, Amen.
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