Show That Difference

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139:14

Have you ever wanted to be like someone? I have. I remember as a kid, I wanted to be like this or that one. But eventually, I learned I make a terrible imitation.

I have three hydrangeas in my yard. Two are purple and lavender while the other is blue. Both colors are beautiful and allow the plants to stand out and make the onlooker take notice. No imitations here.

Design has allowed us to stand out; to look different and show that difference boldly.

Dr. Suess said, “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”

No one can be you better than you! The following quote is from my book, Treasures of Hope: Discovering the Beautiful Truth Beneath My Painful Past.

“We may share similar characteristics such as hands, fingers, and toes, but no other genetically identical person exists. You could say, as individuals, we are an endangered species, for no two people will think, act, or react in the same way. I’m an endangered species. You’re an endangered species. When we die, we become extinct. So then, with whom on earth do we compare ourselves? No one. The comparison should begin and end with Christ. To be Christ-like should be our only goal.”

We all have a gift and a purpose for that gift. No one will do it the way we will do it, so why would we ever want to cover it up and settle for an imitation.

You are uniquely qualified to serve a specific group of people, delivering the specific message Christ has planted in you. Patricia A. Durgin

We are incomparable! As creative people, we may have the same idea, but our stories are different because our testimonies are different. Let us show our difference boldly, embrace our individuality, and share our unique gift with the world.

Design has allowed us to stand out; to look different and show that difference boldly.1(1)

May we always be who God designed us to be.




Strength in His Design

This past year, I’ve posted pictures with quotes about design.

This week’s design quote is by Charles Eames.

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Although design can pertain to many things, my thoughts when posting were on God’s design to help us live a victorious life. For example…

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Perfection refers to completeness and maturity. Paul said, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you” (Philippians 3:13-15 KJV).

Let’s not settle for imperfection, but let us press on that we may be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect (See Matthew 5:48).

Good design encourages a viewer to want to learn more. Alexander Isley

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16 KJV).

Our lives are a testimony. And our actions always speak louder than words. Do our actions inspire others to learn more about Christ? Let us shine forth a light that others may see Jesus in us.

Great design is eliminating all unnecessary details. Minh D. Tran

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV).

Let us not get tangled up again in the yoke of bondage from which Christ has made us free (See Galatians 5:1 KJV). May we allow the Designer to remove all unnecessary details of our lives.


I haven’t forgotten about strength. Remember Webster’s definition of strength? It is the ability to resist being moved or broken by a force.

There are three responses to a piece of design—yes, no, and wow! Wow is the one to aim for. Milton Glaser

Jesus said, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock” (Matthew 7:24-25 KJV).

It’s not only our actions that matter but our reactions. The way we react to certain situations tells the real story of what goes on when we’re alone. When our faith, hope, and trust is founded upon the Rock, we will withstand the storms of this life in a manner pleasing to our Designer. Let us be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (See Ephesians 6:10). For He is our strength and power, and He alone makes our way perfect (See 2 Samuel 22:33).

God’s design has a particular purpose. He alone knows the best design, gift, and plan for us. He also knows precisely what it will take for us to accomplish His purpose and to withstand every storm in this life. From “in the beginning” of Genesis to the final “amen” of Revelations, God’s design offers strength and life. All we must do is allow Him to transform us into the perfect design.

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From The Beginning

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Genesis 1:28

From the beginning, God had a plan. With that plan, He created our world. But, He didn’t stop with the things visible to us.

He had–has a plan for us, too. Isn’t that amazing!


And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. Genesis 1:29

Throughout the Bible, we read of His plan. Repentance. Salvation. Adoption. Abundance. Purpose.

Sounds like the beginnings of an exciting adventure, doesn’t it? Yet, when we read about characters like Paul and all that he endured we may wonder if the effort to fulfill our purpose is worth the pain.

And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. Genesis 1:30

No one ever said it would be easy. At times, we will scale the mountain of heartache, traverse the valley of set backs, sail the dark waters of indecision, and wander the barren lands of loss.

But take courage, my friend. Do not let fear or discouragement keep you from fulfilling your purpose. Together with God, we can do this.

How can I be sure?

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Genesis 1:31

Because from the beginning, God had a plan!

Carpe Diem