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March 8, 2024
One of a Kind
Pastor Philip De Courcy
Psalm 139:14

A quote in George MacDonald’s book David Elginbrod speaks to those who second-guess why God made them the way they are and who sometimes wish they were someone else. Lady Emily muses, “I wish I were you, Margaret.” Margaret replies, “If I were you, my lady, I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of. For to have been thought about—born in God’s thoughts—and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest, most precious thing in all thinking.”

I don’t know if George MacDonald had Psalm 139:17 in mind as he wrote about the exchange between Lady Emily and Margaret, but it sure reminds me of it. In this psalm, David is reflecting on his beginnings, and upon thought he is captivated by God’s thoughts as God intricately stitched him together in his mother’s womb, creating a one-of-a-kind person to be the object of His affection and attention.

It was a tremendously comforting thought to David to know that he was not an afterthought or a mistaken thought in the mind of God but rather a unique and special creation. It was a wonderful feeling for David to get up in the morning and look in the mirror and say with all humility and honesty, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well” (Psalm 139:14).

Each of us is an original, not a copy. We are not stamped out of the dough of the universe by some cosmic cookie cutter. Nor did we fall off the end of some celestial assembly line like a widget. We are each custom-designed and fitted, made by and for God, made to live our God-given shape. You and I were born in God’s thoughts, and we should gladly choose to be who and what God has made us to be for His glory. Each of us is a brand-new idea conceived in the mind of God (Isa. 43:7; Jer. 1:5). You are the only you God made. When God made you, He broke the mold. And that is why you need to embrace your one-of-a-kind self and live your unique shape:

Spiritual gifts

The world needs you to be you. Stop comparing, stop complaining, and start contributing as only you can. As Max Lucado notes, “No one can duplicate your life. Scan history for your replica; you won’t find it. . . . No box of ‘backup yous’ sits in God’s workshop. You aren’t one of many bricks in the mason’s pile or one of a dozen bolts in the mechanic’s drawer. You are it! And if you aren’t you, we don’t get you. The world misses out. You are heaven’s Halley’s comet; we have one shot at seeing you shine. You offer a gift to society that no one else brings. If you don’t bring it, it won’t be brought.”