I’m peculiar. Let me explain:
I sometimes have tried to hide these oddities about me, hiding the photos, removing library cards from my purse, drinking lattes with everyone else when I really just want some water. But here’s what I read the other day:
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Pet. 2:9)
The King James Version puts it like this:
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people…” (1 Pet. 2:9)
God has given us uniqueness that he wants us to embrace so that we can influence others – God doesn’t want us to be just like everyone else – Steven Furtick says that the “thing that makes you unique is the thing that makes you powerful. What makes you unique is what makes you useful in the hands of God. God sees your uniqueness as your greatest asset, not your greatest liability”. Think about people that we meet, we don’t remember the qualities about them that are normal, that everybody has, we remember the things that are distinctive to them and are rare qualities.
- Noah was peculiar – he built an boat in the middle of a heatwave.
- Joseph was peculiar – he wept for joy when we saw his brothers after they sold him into slavery
- Moses was peculiar – his speech was stammered and stuttered, he had to have Aaron as his translator.
One thing that I am realising is that I may not be a Christine Caine, a Nancy Beach, a Charlotte Gambill or a Bobbie Houston…there may be better leaders, better preachers, better bloggers, better artists than me…but I am going to be the best Heather Bryan that you will ever meet. I’m going to be the best me that I can ever be for the glory of God. I have a unique contribution to make and I intend to give it.
We are called to an original life.