“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out, you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you High God- you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvellously made! I worship in adoration- what a creation! (Psalm 139: 13-14 MSG)
We delve into the lowest pits of us gratefulness when we compare ourselves with others, rather than celebrating our uniqueness and appreciating the God who made us so. We rob ourselves off pleasure, joy and fulfillment when we focus on what we do not have rather than what has been freely given to us. Personally, I have fallen into this trap more than I’d like to admit. During my undergraduate days, I grew to become jealous of a lady because of her calm demeanor. At that time, I was in my 2nd year in the University. I just began to have this unhealthy feeling that she was being more appreciated more than I was (or more than she deserved. Lol) because she was an introvert. I am everything but quiet, I am only quiet when I find myself in a new environment, amongst strangers etc. But give me a few days, and I’ll surprise you! 😂😂
Back to the story, I decided I was going to be “quiet” too, and I began to imitate this lady. Being dumb was everything opposite to my wiring. Interestingly, rather than people to appreciate the ‘new’me, they began to get concerned about my health. Someone asked, “Onome, you’ve not been yourself for days. Are you ill? That comment was all I needed to jolt back into my “real” ity.😂😂 Being real and true to my nature fetched me two Most Sociable Female Awards during my undergraduate years. Talk about appreciating and celebrating your uniqueness!!!! The King, David celebrated God for his uniqueness. Little wonder, he performed exceedingly great feats in his time.
I really wish you can celebrate the fact that you were custom-made by God. You are not unique because of the expensive clothes you put on, or the expensive weaves you have in your closet. You are unique because there is none like you amongst the 6 billion people on the face of the earth! Absolutely none. You may have 10, 000 namesakes, 1 million look-alikes, 500,000 #wannabes, but there is only one you! Precious stones are expensive because of their rarity. Guess what, you are rarer than precious stones. You are unique! Body and soul, you are marvellously made. You are God’s design, a masterpiece. Celebrate your uniqueness!!!