Last Sunday I had the privilege of having 11 tween girls in my home. It was a blast!! We recently started a new girls group in our church called Agape Girls. Agape Girls are a group of tween girls who love God and love others. I want to instill in these young ladies just how much their Heavenly Father loves them, and we are learning how to love each other in a way that glorifies God.
The goal of this particular meeting was to learn more about the word “Unique.”
Unique = Perfect
God made each one of us unique and perfect. He did not make one mistake. He purposefully made each girl just the way that He wanted. He wanted some to be tall, some to be short. Others to have brown hair and others to have red. God made some with athleticism and others with an ear for music. Never do I want my girls to question themselves and think that they have flaws. Of course they will probably have something that they want to change…don’t we all? But instead of focusing on what we deem as our negatives we should be thankful for God’s creativity.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
I want my daughters and the young ladies of my church to know that God has a specific plan for them. It is a plan that only they can fulfill, not their sister or their friend. God instilled in them gifts and talents that will line up perfectly with the plan He has for their lives. They should not be upset, sad or embarrassed about their bodies, interests and hobbies. They should embrace them and ask God how to use them for His glory.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Unique = Celebrate
God wants us to celebrate our differences. We should not compare ourselves to each other and base our worth on how we measure up to that person. God made us to be different on purpose. We don’t have to “be” each other to learn from each other and experience a different way to do or see things. We should allow each one of us to shine in our own skin. How wonderful, creative and exciting would it be if we allowed each person to be themselves? To allow each of us to play our part and use our own skill set to the best of our abilities. Instead of trying to copy-cat each other we should learn more about God through others. We are all created in the image of God, but we each represent a slightly different aspect of Him. We can enjoy seeing God in each other rather than trying to be someone God did not create you to be.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
Fun Craft to Display Uniqueness:
During our Agape Girl party we made these scarves.
First I showed them one made entirely out of white t-shirts. It was cute but a little plain. Then I showed the girls all the different colors we had and allowed them each to pick out the colors they wanted for their own scarf. One did red and white for Minnie Mouse another did yellow and greens for St. Patrick’s Day. Some had random patterns of colors while others carefully planned out the order of the colors. They were all made of the same material (t-shirts) but each one was put together in a care and distinctly different way. No way was the “right way” but they each perfectly matched the one it was made for. Just like how God made us. There is not a “right” way or a “better” way to make a lady – just a perfect, purposeful way that we should willingly embrace and celebrate.
Do you know that you are uniquely made? That God did not make a mistake and that He has a specific plan for you that only you can fulfill? Does your daughter know and believe that too? It is so easy for them to catch the wrong message from the world, but it is such a blessing to watch them as they start to embrace their God-given uniqueness.