Hello, folks. Today I’m going to be talking about something that God has really put on my heart the past couple of weeks, and my hope is that every one of you can take something away from it. To start off, I would like to give you a little background on what’s been going on in my life recently.
So a month ago I was diagnosed with having gastritis, and in order for me to feel the best that I can, I have to eat healthier. It has definitely been a challenge, especially since I am a HUGE snacker (no shame), but it has gotten progressively easier to pick up trail mix over a box of Cheez-its. This type of change has not only been evident in my physical life, but my spiritual one as well. A couple of Sundays ago during worship at my church, they were playing “Closer” by Bethel. The song chants for God to take us in and let us have a deeper understanding of who he is. During this song I prayed to him asking, “What can I do to be closer to you?” and he replied with “Read the bible.” This struck me right in the heart because I think deep down inside I already knew the answer, but since I’m the stubborn little nugget that I am, God had to remind me how important it is to read the word.
At this point you’re probably thinking, “Wow Kassandra, that’s awesome! But please explain what in the world your eating habits have anything to do with your talk with God.” Well my friends, here is your explanation.
Reading the bible is a lot like eating healthy; our spirit needs spiritual food just like the flesh needs real food. What is spiritual food? Well, it can be just about anything that influences you. Just like you can decided whether to have Whataburger or grilled chicken for dinner, you can also decide on what words you choose to listen too or read. I know, tough blow, but it is absolutely true for all of us. We have free will to choose if we want to feed our spirit with sensual music or worship music, to go out every weekend or spend some quiet time with Jesus. If we ever want to have a more intimate relationship with God, we have to spend time with him. So that Sunday night I did exactly that and the results were eye-opening.
I want you to observe the girl in the picture above. I’m sure when most people look at her they think, “Wow shes so pretty!” “Her tattoos are so cool,” “She looks genuinely happy.” Those are definitely thoughts that I had, but on top of those some may also think, “Dang, I wish I was her and I had her life.” I’m here tell that no, you don’t want her life. Why? Because you are God’s MASTERPIECE. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Humans are God’s most beautiful and treasured creations, and the greatest part is, is that he has created every single one of us for a divine purpose. Just like there are no two paintings that are exactly the same, the same goes for people. Yes, people have similarities, but no one was created identically inside and out (Unless there has been some secret cloning device created that no one knows about).
As an 18-year old about to go to college, it has been a journey finding out what I am going to do with the rest of my life. It has been especially difficult to do because there have been plenty of people who have told me, “You can do better than that” or, “You’ll probably change your major,” but I have realized that in the end those comments don’t matter because God has spoken to me and given me visions of becoming a Psychologist. His design for my life tops whatever anyone else thinks is best for me. With that being said, no matter what he has put in your heart to pursue it is NOT greater or lesser than what he has planned for someone else.
“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 work in all of us.” – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
You are special, and you were made for a specific purpose. It only took God seconds to declare what he wanted on the Earth, like water, land, sunlight, animals; but he took his time creating what your laugh would sound like and how strong your love for chocolate would be. Nobody can ever take your place, and you cannot take anyone else’s. Friends, the Lord has put something inside of you that makes you different from any other person on this Earth, and as long as that passion glorifies him, he will smile at his masterpiece.