Updated: Oct 26, 2019
Ever get separated from your family or friends in a crowd?
Go back to that moment for a second: No one's answering the dozens of texts you've sent in the last ten minutes. At first it's just irritating but then your mind starts playing tricks on you. Then, after a few more hopeless attempts, you decide to call. Nothing. Now you're leaving frantic voicemails. Did panic begin to set in? Frustration? Aloneness? Abandonment?
Then, all of a sudden, you recognize "the face, the features, the coloring" of someone from your group. Sweet relief sweeps over you and you let out a deep, passionate sigh. You know the kind: where you can actually feel all the disseminating effects of stress and tension leave your chest, neck and back. Ravi, in his book, The Grand Weaver, makes a strong point here when he says,
"These marks [of ours and our loved ones] arise from our DNA and make us recognizable to the naked eye. But they provide more than a point of recognition for the sake of others; they are God's imprint on each of us."
That imprint though...
We complain about that "imprint" all too often though, don't we?
Why can't I be tall like...?
I wish I could have perfect teeth like...
I wish I could have a full head of hair like...
I wish I had as outgoing a personality as...
Why can't my family be more like...?
We've all done it. But why? Stop and really think about that for a moment. Be bluntly honest with yourself. Go ahead. Nobody's watching.
Could it be because you've been measuring yourself against the world's standards? The world tells you in one scene to "be yourself" and "be unique", then in the next scene, you're shown you can be yourself and be unique by buying what they want you to buy so you can look like everyone else and be able to do what everyone else does.
I can't believe we still fall for this.
Work with what you got
Now, I'm not saying we shouldn't do the best we can with what we've been given. We absolutely should. Exercise, proper nutrition, rest and healthy lifestyles will give us the best shot at maximizing whatever our DNA will allow. And yes, you should learn about your personality and maximize its strengths. Being the best version of you that you can be should not be a passive enterprise but an exhilarating and rewarding life's challenge.
Looking above. Not just around.
You must however, remember the pride God took when constructing your DNA, your design, you. "We are His workmanship...", and "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Ravi further connects the dots for us from our DNA in regards to God's sovereign will:
To be able to accept the wonder and the marvel of one's own personality, however flawed or "accidental," and place it in and trust it to the hands of the One who made it, is one of the greatest achievements of life... We see ourselves only partially, but through our Creator's eyes, we see our transcendence. In looking at our DNA, the subject and object came together. #RaviZacharias #TheGrandWeaver
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