You matter! You’re uniquely you and that’s awesome. Really. This reality should impact every day of your life. Does it? Maybe you’re more familiar with feeling alone in a crowded room? Ever felt nameless and faceless or just one among many? Or have you ever thought of yourself as present but not significant? Those may be your thoughts today. If not, these thoughts may tempt you in the future. In either case, this post is for you! Truth must guide life and thinking. And sometimes, the simple truths are the most profound!
You Matter – Truth That Cannot Change
Scripture is our source of absolute Truth. And what we learn from it must guide our thinking. Psalm 139:14 is a verse you probably know:
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, marvelous are Your works; and my soul knows it very well.
One thing we are supposed to do with Truth is meditate on it. That’s actually easy to do. Why? The word meditate can mean:
To mumble, or mutter, under the breath
So talking to yourself is not a sign of insanity! It can actually be helpful. With that in mind, I have a mumbling, muttering, meditating exercise to help you. Repeat over and over: I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
After a while, quite a few thoughts will probably come to your mind. Why? Because you matter! And this exercise is one expression of your obedience to the Lord. Since He tells us to mediate on His Word, let’s do it. And I want to give your thoughts a push!
You Matter – Uniqueness Of You!
Your heartbeat has a certain rhythm and sound. In fact, you can be identified by the pattern of your heartbeat. In case that’s new information, Here are a couple of links to inform you:
- The Pentagon has a laser that can identify people from a distance—by their heartbeat
- Using Your Heartbeat As A Password
Modern science and technology again confirms the very simple truth of Scripture: you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Your eye is a unique structure, identifying you. There are many defense contractors in our area of the country. And more than one of those defense companies use eye scans to allow, or prohibit, access to sensitive information. These scans can look at the iris of the eye or at the retina. Both structures are unique to you. To learn more, see these links:
And I am sure you know your teeth are unique enough for forensic identification. But that isn’t all. You also know our fingerprints, foot prints, palm prints and voice prints are all unique to the individual. These unique features of our bodies seem all the more fantastic if we remember there are now over 7 billion people on the planet. And how many lived in all the past centuries? The more we remember the more stunning our uniqueness becomes.
A Matter Of Time
Another layer of why you matter is space and time. And I’m not talking about science theory or outer space. The space I am referencing is the family into which you were born. Are you the first born, the middle child, the youngest, or an only child? These have been proven to be significant factors in who you are.
And there is the matter of time. Why were you not born in the 1800s instead of the 1900s? Fearfully and wonderfully, you were put in your space and in your time for a reason. Before we get to the Why, let me add one more thing.
At the root of all the things that are unique about every one of us is our DNA. God put our ‘blueprints’ together with this incredible, microscopic chain of acids! That’s just mind blowing. Our DNA is unique in all the world for all of its existence! God, the Master Creator, didn’t create with a cookie cutter or an assembly line. He spoke and what came into being was unique. No two things are alike. And that statement covers many more things than snowflakes!
You Matter – The Why
Whether we admit or not, we are made in God’s image. That’s why you matter. Part of bearing His image is the life within us. We have His kind of life – it never ends. Of course, God is eternal and had no beginning. We each had a beginning. But our existence after that beginning will never end. It’s just a question of where we live out that existence. So how does all this fit together?
The uniqueness of you is testament to how much you are loved. What should we do with this one-in-billions life we have been given? That’s a question that has a fairly simple answer, but not the one you might anticipate.
We should note that one-of-a-kind things are most often considered precious. You should think of yourself that way. And if you’ve been given something precious, what should you do with it? There are two answers.
First, focus on yourself. Take what you have been given and make your life all about you. Many people, most of them in fact, choose this option. And it is the greatest theft of them all. Why? Because that’s not what your uniqueness was meant to do. The One Who gifted you had something else in mind.
You are uniquely you in order to glorify Him in ways that are uniquely yours. Wanting to be someone else wastes our time and grieves our Father. Our uniqueness is His gift to us. It is to be celebrated, employed and respected. Embrace what He has done in you. Your uniqueness is testimony to His greatness and His worthiness to be worshiped. You really are one in billions!
As a pastor, I have shared these thoughts many times in order to encourage others. Truth is most often an encouragement. But I had never really taken fearfully and wonderfully made as a message of comfort. Then I had a retinal detachment – and am recovering nicely. And my Father’s gift to me in these weeks since the surgery has been this recurring reminder: You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Encouraging words really can become comforting words!. So, let me wrap this up by sharing the Scripture passage with you from The Message Bible:
I thank you, high God – You are breathtaking! Body and soul; I am marvelously made: I worship in adoration – what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, You watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before You, the days of my life all prepared before I had even lived one day.