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There will never be another you.

Story by: Randy Grathen

There was a young woman at our church who had just become a Christian. A friend suggested she could use some encouragement, so about once a month I wrote an anonymous letter sharing my thoughts on faith and being a Christian.

Even if you cloned yourself - a perfect DNA match, you would still be one of a kind.

You are one of a kind, never to be duplicated. You and you alone are the sum total of your life experiences. All of them, good and bad have shaped who you are today. But no matter who you are, you have the unique opportunity to change who you will become. As a daughter of God-your-father you are of royal blood. King David wrote psalm 139-13 For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother's womb.”

It’s hard to know an invisible God. But if you look with the new eyes you've been given you will learn to see His hand and His plans unfolding in your life.

If I had a daughter, I would want her to know . . .

You are of infinite worth! So valuable that Jesus died on the cross for you, paid your ransom so you can claim your inheritance in heaven.

You are not an object. Not a sex toy or a doormat for a man. Don’t settle for OK, but you will probably have to work up to “great” as you learn to build and grow a relationship. The man in your life should bring out the best in you, not belittle you to make himself feel important.

Don’t hang out with losers. The best you can ever aspire to, is to be the “best” loser in the group. Find the smartest, happiest people you know that will let you hang out with them then listen, ask and learn. If you know someone that has the kind of life you want, don’t reinvent the wheel, find out what they know. They’ve already done the hard work and most people are more than happy to share what they’ve learned.

Finally, I want to share with you a very important lesson that I only recently learned myself. Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” My marriage has surpassed anything I could have ever hoped for or imagined and it is still evolving. We “learned” our way to this point and it’s taken a long time to get here. (I wish I knew then what I know now). We finally understood that we are partners in this journey of life, not rivals. We share the same life vest. We are not fighting each other for our own pleasures and survival. We take joy in watching each other grow and succeed in life. We support each other’s ambitions. We have learned that if God is the First Strand and we wrap ourselves tightly around that strand, nothing can defeat us.

People speak of the "joy that surpasses all understanding?" Philippians 4:7Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Because Laurie and I know who we are in Christ, and where we are going, this adventure we are on together; filled with various trials, has made us stronger and deepened our relationship with God and each other. And it just don’t get no better than that!

Have a blessed day. Remember to take time to each morning to lay your new day before the Lord. Offer it up to Him to take charge of and follow where He leads you. I can’t wait to see what he does in your life.

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