“I wish I were different. Why can’t I be more like her (or him)?”
Have you ever felt that way?
Or how about, “Why do they have to be that way? They are getting on my nerves!”
Basic personality traits, mannerisms, appearances, struggles, strengths, talents, and gifts. We take stock of them in ourselves and in others. We are each distinctively different from one another.
The answer to all those questions, however, is the same: Each of us is fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
In fact, Ephesians 2:10 says we are God’s “workmanship,” a word meaning, “a fabric, a work of God as Creator.”
That definition reminds me of a tapestry, interwoven with many differently colored threads, which come together to create a masterpiece, a one-of-a-kind work of art. The Lord does that with each of us.
I’ve been spending some time on vacation this week with my immediate family. I’ve noticed, and appreciated, the unique differences in each member of my household. The Lord is a Master Artist, and His artwork is meant to be appreciated, not criticized. That includes how we view and talk about others . . . and ourselves.
Look for the Lord’s Weaving
The Lord has woven distinct traits into each of us. He chose how we would be and crafted every one of our lives. Isaiah 43:7 says we were created for His glory. Colossians 1:37 says Christ in us is the hope of glory. In the New Testament, glory means “to manifest, give an estimation of.” In other words, the Lord has woven different features into each of us that show the world a part of Himself. We need to be who He made us to be so others can see that part of Him and be drawn to Him. We should look for those traits He has placed in us and allow Him to use them for His glory. We should look for them in others as well so we can appreciate Him even more.
Seek God’s Purpose
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose,” according to Philippians 2:13, NIV. God has a reason why He created you as you are. Strengths and weaknesses. Gifts and challenges. Personalities and passions. All these features are interwoven to draw us closer to the Lord, as we deal with our own unique traits, as well as the traits of others.
Celebrate God’s Creativity
In the end, we can celebrate that “we know God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28, NASB). Even our own personal challenges can remind us of our need for and dependency on the Lord. He wove even those features into our lives so we can choose to draw closer to Him, which is the best place to be. We can celebrate the many ways we see Him in others, and in ourselves. And in the celebrating, we can trust Him in the way He made each of us.
In the end, we have to decide to accept who we are because God made us that way for His purposes. Ultimately, we must choose to accept Whose we are . . . because the Master Weaver only creates beautiful works of art.
Question: Which of God’s traits do you see in others? Comment at the link below.