Day 13 – Thankful To Be Different

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I have grown up around dogs my whole life and my girls are following suit. I can remember that with every litter the first thing that I would begin to do is look for the differences in each little pup. I looked for the differences so that I could discover what made each puppy unique and special in its own right. Then I would seek to name that puppy according to its individuality.
Its difference was what made it special. I looked for the differences on purpose so that I could showcase it and know this individual puppy and appreciate this individual puppy for what made it different from all the rest.
Never one time did I try to force any of these puppies to look or act like all the rest of the litter. I did not discover the difference so I could hide it or change it. I was thankful for the uniqueness of each puppy.
Therefore, one thing that I greatly desire for my children to be thankful for is differences. I do not ever want them to fear their own uniqueness or fear another person because they are different.
We should be thankful for the differences among us. We should be thankful for the uniqueness of each of God’s children. We should indeed celebrate it, especially in the body of Christ.
For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. (1 Corinthians 12:14-25)
There are only two divisions in the eyes of God; those who know Him and those who know Him not, those in the kingdom of light and those in the kingdom of darkness. This is the only divisions that should be in our eyes as well.
I want my children to be thankful for the sea of colors, and shapes, and sizes around them. I want them to embrace all the beauty of the uniqueness of God’s creation. I don’t want them to so fear someone that is different that they refuse to reach out and share the gospel of Christ and even fear loving them as they love themselves.
I also do not want my children to fear the things that make them unique and different. I want them to embrace the things that make them who they are and be thankful for them. I want to rejoice always in the truth of Psalm 139.
For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; (Psalm 139:13-15)

Thankful Challenge:
Spend today helping your children discover the things that make them different from everyone else and show them that they can celebrate their uniqueness. It’s fall, so go to a pumpkin patch and let them pick out a pumpkin and ask them why they chose that particular pumpkin. What made it different from all the rest?  

Thankful Challenger: 

I am a woman who is hanging on to the grace of God for dear life. I am a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, a teacher, and an author who is trying to become obedient in all things. This blog is about my journey of faith. I have kept a daily journal since the day I wholly surrendered my life to Christ in Dec 2001. In this blog I plan to go back and share my past craziness as I share my current moments of insanity. You can find Nicole blogging over at Confessions of a Christian Housewife and Facebook

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Serving Him With Joy,

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About Sonya

I am a sinner saved by grace trying to move through this broken world as a wife, mom and homeschooler. I have 3 gorgeous sons {24, 17 & 11} and a wonderful husband of 13 years, that have my heart! I don’t have all the answers however sharing my life with you in hopes that it will drawer you closer to Him. I pray that when you leave here you walk away knowing Him better.

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