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Be who the Lord made you to be
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I have two dogs, sisters from the same litter. They will be 9 years old in two months.  They are really funny dogs. They do not look alike or act alike. In fact, any time I tell someone they are sisters, they look at me as if I have lost my mind.

Blaze is almost solid black with a small blaze of white on her chest. She is very short-haired. She is thin and very skittish and standoffish. The other dog, Bandit, is white and black with very fluffy fur and has always been a bit plump. She is always bouncing around, happy to see anyone and everyone. She has what looks like a black mask over her eyes.  

Again, the dogs could not be more different. But they came from the same litter. Bandit was the firstborn, while Blaze was the runt of the litter. How does that happen? How can sisters be so different? Well, I’ve been told that perhaps there was more than one father.
But it is more than that. They have different character and personality traits. They are not the same.

And that is true of human beings. There are no two humans who are just alike. Even so-called identical twins are different. People who have been married for 50 years and can finish their spouse’s sentences are different. We were made to be unique.  

A Sunday-school teacher once tried to emphasize that to her class. She told a 2-year-old boy, “There is no else in the world like you.”

The little boy, who would get tubes in his ears later the next week, misunderstood. He put his hands on his hips and declared to the teacher, “My mommy and daddy like me.”  

Well, he was right. But so was she. We are all unique beings. In 1 Corinthians, Paul wrote that we all have different gifts. Together we make up one body, but we have different talents and gifts to use for the benefit of the body.  

God gave you a unique blend of abilities. You can use those to serve and bless others. Or you can keep them to yourself. I want to encourage you to use who you are and what you have for the glory of God and the benefit of others. You will never regret being who God created you to be.

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