I was thinking about my buddies from Naval Academy days...how different each guy was...how unique each personality. And there was a great deal of variation in size and appearance too. And yet the very nature of being in a military organization meant an emphasis on "sameness". We worked for hours at shining shoes, wearing uniforms and marching to present a uniformity and a consistency of presentation. But, back in our rooms and on the sports fields and at the meal tables all of the variety of personality would bubble up. What a wonderful thing is "personality". In recent years I have renewed contact with some of those buddies from 40 plus years ago and it is amazing to me that, despite growing older, the personalities of each guy are pretty much the same as they were back then. It occurs to me that our unique disposition, talents, interests, weaknesses and interpersonal qualities are great gifts from our Creator. Through our one-of-a-kind makeup we are each able to touch this world and each other in ways that no one else can. And we find that we need each other!
I think we have each been planted here to make a difference that only we were intended to make. In a way, life is a quest to fulfill that God-shaped destiny.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. [written to believers in Jesus Christ]