By Lindsay Deans
When it comes down to it, I believe we really are all the same. We are all humans that have been uniquely made and placed on this earth for a purpose. Annie F. Downs, author of “Perfectly Unique: Praising God from head to foot,” writes:
In my findings, based only on a small backyard and no scientific equipment used, all blades of grass seem to have common form – straight and growing upward. But they come in different heights, widths, and shades of green. I cannot find two that seem to be exact matches… Humans are the same way. We may come in different heights, widths and shades (not green of course), but we all have common form. Aside from rare exceptions we all have two arms, two legs, two eyes, one mouth (though mine could really count for two or three – I’m loud), a backbone, skin, organs, etc.
-(Perfectly Unique, pg. xiii)
How easy it is to get caught up in the comparison game: oh I wish my skin were that shade of green, if only I was a little taller, I wish I were wider or thinner. But when we start to wish and compare, we loose appreciation for who we were made to be. I was made to be five-feet-nine-inches tall, have a scrunchy nose when I smile, and have brown hair.Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy,” and that is such an accurate statement. When I turn my eyes away from appreciating who I am, I look toward who I wish I were based on others. This steals my joy concerning who I was made to be.
He made you once. You were worth the work the first time. Then he threw away that mold because one of you is enough for Him. You’re enough. You are the sacred painting, the original.
-(Perfectly Unique, pg. xii)
What if today for “Love Your Body Thursday,” you made a list of ten things you love about who you are? I’ll even participate on the blog!
1. I love my two colored eye
2. I love my scrunchy nose when I laugh and smile
3. I love my humor and wit
4. I love the passion I have for people
5. I love that my hair can be curly or straight
6. I love that I can be intellectual
7. I love that I am creative
8. I love how I see good in others
9. I love that I am tall
10. I love how I have dimples when I smile really big
We are supposed to love other people the same way that we love ourselves. But do you love yourself? Better phrased: do you love all of you?
-(Perfectly Unique, pg. 3)
Downs, A.F. (2012). Perfectly unique: Praising God from head to foot.
Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.