“You’re the only you God made! He made you and broke the mold! No one can duplicate your life.” Max Lucado has a way of speaking truth that really hits home in his devotional, Only One You,
As my Dad approaches his 85th birthday within the next few days, I celebrate him being a humble man, a good, caring, playful, and strong man. He is a rare man who will shop rather than simply hunting something down and bagging it. Over the years, he has shown himself to be patriotic and loyal, no matter what. He and my mom have been married for more than 62 years, a testimony to the power of love in marriage. His is the truest kind of success… a man who is loved more than he could ever possibly know.
My favorite birthday question, known around here as ‘The Vicki Question’, is “What are your hopes and dreams for the coming year?” Dad knows it is coming… everyone in our family does. Yet it seems to catch us all off guard at the time it is asked. It draws out our desires… those wonderful things we hope for and dream of that may be outside of our ability and right to control yet are worth blowing out the candles to wish for. It can also draw out the goals we want to intentionally pursue that are powerful because they are God-given, clearly possible ‘as much as it depends on us’.
By the way, my birthday is one week after Dad’s and I must confess that I am a lot better at asking ‘The Vicki Question’ than answering it. Check back in next week to see what I come up with for this year. The birthday candle photo entitled “Stop Counting” is in honor of Dad’s big birthday and mine as well. Meanwhile, you may want to dig deeper into this Old Testament name of God as a starting point for celebrating…
- When I know God as Elohim, The Creator, I can begin to accept others as they are.
- When I accept Him as Elohim, My Creator, I begin to accept myself as I am.
TAKE IT AND RUN WITH IT
- Now what about you? How will you discover and celebrate your God-given uniqueness?
- What are your hopes and dreams for the coming year?
- What are the specific goals you choose to intentionally pursue… as much as it’s up to you?
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