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I am back at it but in a different compacity. This term in school I took an American Literature class.  I’ve learned a lot however, one author’s piece was one of the surprises.

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a nature lover and writer and he wrote a piece entitled Self-Reliance. I think a more appropriate title should have been Self-Acceptance.  There were three takeaways I gleaned:

  1. Don’t be a conformist
  2. You are unique therefore be yourself
  3. To accept one’s self is a gift, to accept others is a greater gift.

As Christians and humans we were not made to conform to fit other’s people molds. We were created unique beings with skills, talents and personalities therefore you are who you were created to be. God loves you and created you uniquely, accept that and then accept others for who God created them to be. It’s as simple and complex as that.

As Christians were are told “not to conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds.” (Romans12:2 NASB) We are supposed to be different than the world around us. The idea is that we are so distinct that people are drawn to why and the who that makes us different.

As individuals, we can’t be who other people want us to be. We won’t have the same likes, dislikes, dreams, talents, and so on. God didn’t create us that way. “We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works.” (Ephesians 2:10 NASB) He created us differently to have various purposes and goals. The body has numerous parts to it so does the Christian family. We have specific jobs. (ICorinthians 12:12-27 NASB) Don’t apologize for being different.

To accept ourselves is accepting who God made us therefore, we have truly accepted a gift. And because we can love ourselves (not in a selfish way) we can appreciate the differences in others. Do we want others to come to faith and knowledge of who Christ is?  Yes. We are to tell them the gospel but not force something down their throat. Accept them no matter what. Let the changes occur because God is working.

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I love my children and would do anything for them. As the saying goes, you mess with me that’s one thing, you mess with my children, you will have to deal with Mama Bear. With that being said, they also drive me batty. My three girls are all different and as I have watched them grow they change.

This was never more evident than at Halloween. My oldest daughter, Laurel the “cautious one”, doesn’t make decisions quickly; in fact, it can take a painfully long time. She is like her mother in this sense. She dreads making the wrong decision and for her to take risks, forget it. It took her most of her freshmen year to attend a club she waited all summer to be a part of.

However, with all the caution, she surprises us by not being afraid to be her own person. Laurel saved for an entire year to by a cosplay costume for our local Shadocon convention (This is where all the Anime Japanese art lovers go).

She decided she would dress up in the costume for school. I was anxious because the staff had set strict rules in the name of modesty, can you believe it? Yeah, for the principle! This year she would probably be in the minority and she was, green wig and all. It didn’t faze her a bit.

As I watched her go into the school, I laughed. “God” I said, “You have definitely made her, her own person. She is not afraid to take a stand for what is right at school, and not afraid of what others think of her. Thank you for her.”

I love Psalms 139. I will be totally honest; it brings me to tears often, because I’m amazed at just how special I’m to Him. I’m never out of His sight; I’m created uniquely, flaws and all.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s
Womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…”
Psalm139:13, 14  (NIV 1984)

Yes, I wish she would draw other things then Manga (God has given her talent for art and creativity). Yes, listening to songs from Japan, and Korea drive me nuts (I can’t understand the words). Yes, hard Christian rock is not my thing, but the Heavenly Father, has created her with passions, loves, talents and a personality.

That day, I also thought about her sisters. They are definitely not like Laurel. Emily loves soccer, has compassion and a sharing heart. She would rather play then work. Grace has spiritual insight that I have not seen in anyone her age. She loves My Little Pony, swimming with her daddy, snuggling with mommy, and has a hard time focusing on what she needs to do.

God created them, loves them, and gave them to me to rise up in His ways and to love them unconditionally.
I praise you Lord for they are fearfully and wonderfully made. Life would be boring if they were the same.

How about you? If you have children do you see them as a special gift from God created uniquely? Praise Him for them. Or maybe you struggle within yourself in seeing that you are the apple of your Heavenly Father’s eye. Take heart beloved of the Father, you are fearfully and wonderfully made also.

“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth
your eyes say my unformed body.”
Psalms 139:15 (NIV 1984)

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