When I was in college, I attended a large student conference in North Carolina. One day, as I was waiting for my friends, an older woman struck up a conversation with me. She asked me if I was enjoying the conference. For some reason, I told her I was really disappointed because I hadn’t been selected to sing the solo with the choir for that evening’s worship service.
She replied, “If the foot should say, ‘Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,’ in spite of that it still belongs to the body. And if the ear should say, ‘Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,’ in spite of this it still belongs to the body.” (1 Corinthians 12:15-16) Do you know why I stopped to talk with you?”
“No,” I replied.
“I wanted to tell you that each night when the choir sings, I watch you worship and it encourages me. You are unique and loved by God. He doesn’t want you comparing yourself to others. He wants you to rejoice in what He’s given you.”
I walked away encouraged.
That evening, I was surprised to see that very woman introduced as the keynote speaker. She walked to the podium, looked out at 1500 college students and said, “You are unique and loved by God.”
I noticed a girl on the front row wiping her eyes. She needed that message as much as I did.
We all spend so much time comparing ourselves with others that we forget that God loves us just as we are and made us that way on purpose.
So, before I go, let me remind you – You are unique and loved by God.
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