Wednesday, June 13, 2012

One of a Kind

An idea I was always skeptical of my entire life was the idea that every person is unique, and the fact that "there will never exist another person exactly like me" is supposed to somehow make me feel valuable. I wondered how that was possible, or how it was in any way a significant fact.

But then I finally realized what it is that makes everyone unique and that uniqueness of worth. I think of it as everyone being a painting. We are all made of the same materials and the same colors, but what makes the painting beautiful is not the colors in it, but the harmony of the colors.

We are all made of the same clay, even the same personality qualities, but in different proportions, and what is important is how we harmonize the different proportions of our traits to make sure we can make the most beautiful painting we can with the quantity of materials we are given. It's not about what we have, but the proportion it all comes in.

What makes each person unique is the unique harmony of all their qualities. I think that is why it is also important never to compare yourself to another. There is no such thing as the perfect proportion of qualities within a person.

Even if one were God Himself, for He is 100% of every Goodness that exists, He isn't limited to proportions. The Creator and Painter cannot be made of paint, but no painting can be realized without Him pouring out His Spirit and Essence and Mind into it.

It is something like that with Christ and us. The more we get what we now call 'ourselves' out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become. There is so much of Him that millions and millions of 'little Christs,' all different, will still be too few to express Him fully. ... It is no good trying to 'be myself' without Him. - C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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