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We're All Different We’re All Different
    by Tom Norvell

    While sitting in an airport recently, I had a profound revelation: We’re all different! For about an hour I was positioned where I could sit with my cup of coffee and just watch people (two of my favorite things). During that hour I saw hundreds of people pass by. No two of them were the same. I tried to find two that were even similar, but had a difficult time even finding that. Some were short. Some were tall. Some were big. Some were small. Some were thin. Some were round. Some were trim. Some were bulging. Some were light. Some were dark. Some were dressed-up. Some were casual. Some were rushing. Some were strolling. Some were happy. Some were sad. Some had hair. Some had none. But, one thing was the same: God loves everyone!

    While sitting in church recently I had a profound revelation: We’re all different! No family is the same. No one has the exact same story. Some are givers. Some are takers. Some are rich. Some are poor. Some are weeping. Some are rejoicing. Some are excited. Some are bored. Some are full. Some are empty. Some are searching. Some are convinced they have all the answers. Some are multi-talented. Some are not. One thing is the same: God loves everyone!

One thing is the same: God loves everyone!
    Not only does God love each and every person who passed by my chair in the airport but also, He knows every need of his or her heart. I saw only the outside of those within my line of vision. God sees each and every person who lives and breaths on the face of the earth, He hears every breath, sees every tear, enjoys every laugh, receives every prayer, knows every pain, and offers comfort and strength to every traveler. He welcomes every seeker, rejoices with every lamb that comes home, and invites every laborer to have rest.

    As I sat pondering the vastness of our uniqueness, and the enormity of our God, these passages from His word came to mind.

“So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:26-31, NIV)

O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be... (Psalm 139:1-4,13-16)

    Ponder those statements for a little while today. Think about all the things that are floating around in your mind and realize that God knows all those thoughts, and all the thoughts of all the people you know, and all those you don’t know, and all those you will never know. Then, after you spend a while pondering the greatness of the Creator, consider this thought about what He wants for us:

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:1-4,20-21, NIV)

    We are all different! Yet, we can all be one!

© 2000, Tom Norvell. Used by permission. A Norvell Note is a weekly email message from Tom Norvell. Checki it out!

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Title: "We're All Different"
Author: Tom Norvell
Publication Date: July 14, 2000



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