January 22, 2013

You Are Special!

Psalm 139:13-14

You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
—Psalm 139:13


“You are not an accident.” That’s what Rick Warren says in one of his books. He goes on: “Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He was not at all surprised by your birth. In fact, he expected it.”

God expected us because he made us! While we were in our mother’s womb, God himself shaped and molded us. The hands of God carefully crafted each of us in his own image.

Our existence is not an accident of nature. You and I are God’s creatures, made in his image, and because of that every human life is sacred.

When the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand 40 years ago today, it ignored the fact that to abort an unborn child is to push away the hands of God and to interfere with the work of his creation. To abort an unborn child is to say “no” to God’s creative design. To abuse or neglect a child created in God’s image, or even to look the other way, is to forget that every human life is sacred.

You and I are special. We are not an accident. God himself made each one of us in his image to fulfill his plan in our lives.

Make sure you try to discover God’s plan for you!

Father in heaven, thank you for creating us in your image. Help us to remember that we are special, and help us to seek your plan for our lives. Amen.

About the author — Arthur J. Schoonveld

Rev. Art Schoonveld is a retired minister in the Christian Reformed Church. Before retiring in 2001, he served churches in California, Illinois, and Michigan. Since his retirement he has worked part-time for the denomination and has served as an interim pastor. Art and his wife, Anita, have four children and nine grandchildren.

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