Our theme for this month: “The Gift of Being Yourself”
Our Bible verse for today: “The people I formed for myself will declare my praise.” Isaiah 43:21 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “God created you for Himself.”
We live in an age of tremendous scientific discovery and advances. Computer and digital technology are mind boggling. Advances in artificial intelligence are creepy and scary. But perhaps the area of scientific advancement that is most troubling is cloning. Through the science of cloning scientists take cells from one being and use them to create an exact living copy of that being. They’ve successfully done it with mice, sheep, cattle, and chickens. They are working to clone monkeys and they have their sights set on humans.
But if they do someday create a clone of a human, will that clone really be an exact reproduction of the real person? I don’t think so. The clone may be a near perfect physical copy of the person, but it will not have the mind, heart, soul, and spirit of the person. Even if scientists do manage to manipulate biology to the point of growing a physical replica of a person out of a test tube, that replica will still not be the real person. Maybe the physical body can be copied, but not the mind, heart, soul, and spirit. Those cannot be grown in a test tube.
There is only one you. Only you can be you. God created you to be you and He didn’t create anyone else to be you. When it comes to accepting yourself for who you are – when it comes to graciously receiving the gift of being yourself, this is an important understanding. God created you to be you, and only you can be you. God didn’t make a mistake when He created you.
Even if you think you are too tall, too short, too skinny, or too fat; even if, like me, you have more hair in your ears and nose and on your chest and back than you do on your head, it doesn’t matter. God created you to be you and the physical characteristics are the least important part of you.
The most important thing about you is what is on the inside not what’s on the outside. We will think more about this tomorrow.