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October 14, 2021: You Are Unique

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well” (Ps. 139:14, KJV).

Is there something about yourself you don’t like? Maybe you have freckles, a loud laugh, curly hair or a quiet personality. I would venture to guess that we all have insecurities. We see characteristics in others we wish we could have and features we wish we could look like. The question is, why aren’t we confident in who we are?

Personally, I have struggled with my confidence. In 2020, I worked at a summer camp. While there, I realized that I had a subconscious idea of what people wanted me to be—funny, outgoing, the life of the party. I struggled not being comfortable with simply being myself—a caring, relaxed, observant extroverted-introvert.

Through a co-worker’s testimony, I saw I wasn’t the only one who felt this way, and I didn’t need to continue to hide my feelings. God made every single person different on purpose. Because of how I was uniquely made, I saw that there were people that only I could reach—my friends, classmates, co-workers and family. It’s the same for you.

As Psalm 139:14 says, we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” God, our Creator, made you, and He doesn’t make mistakes. He placed each freckle, composed each laugh, crafted each curl and gave you your core personality. There are people only you can reach, if you let God into your heart and ask Him to use you. He’ll take you out of your comfort zone and help you do things you never thought possible.

Father God, thank You for Your unfailing love and for making each of us unique—a special treasure designed to reach others. Amen.

Summer Dekle is a senior at Blue Mountain Academy in Pennsylvania.