Monday, March 19, 2007

unique with much in common

We remember learning about how each snowflake is like every other snowflake because they all have six sides and yet every snowflake is unlike evey other snowflake because of its distinctly designed edges.  The common hexagonal structure is due to the chemistry of water, with two molecules of hydrogen for each one of water providing a common foundation for each flake.  The unique shape of the six sides comes from each flake having a unique exposure to temperature and wind as it forms in the sky, before dropping to earth.  It's interesting to consider that we have much in common with every other person.  If that weren't the case it would be difficult for doctors to figure our what was wrong with us and for shoemakers to have a manageable inventory of sizes.  Of course we also have a common tendency to wander, to stray, to go our own way.  I think it's fascinating that the Lord has designed us with so much in common with each other that we can relate and help and interact effectively but also made us each uniquely, partly through our DNA and partly through the unique path our lives have traced.   I suspect that much of our fulfillment comes from using our uniqueness to help others as we wrestle with the common challenges of life and our common need for the Lord.
2 Corinthians 1:6  Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
Rob Smith

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