I began the discussion by saying that I eat cottage cheese with crumbled potato chips and ketchup! Soon other fun comments began rolling in from various people about strange food combinations that people like, as well as other interesting and 'strange' factoids from people about themselves, such as sleeping with both feet outside the covers, dipping French Fries in ice cream, loving liver and applesauce sandwiches, or pineapple and mayo sandwiches, being "slightly" OCD (yeah right, Jamie!), having double jointed knees, sleeping with one foot outside the covers, needing to sleep with a fan blowing on them, hating mustard on hamburgers and hating ketchup on hotdogs, but liking the vise versa, eating raw potatoes, reading magazines from back to front, having two nails on a pinky toe, not being fond of pickles but loving pickle juice, eating cold pizza smothered with honey, being able to hum and whistle at the same time... and quite a few other strange, interesting and unique things about the people who wrote about themselves!
I did indeed get a good laugh out of all of this, and the interactions between various people who were part of the thread. (BTW, the thread is here, although I'm not sure if you'll be able to view it unless you're a "friend" of mine on Facebook, or a friend of a friend).
But something deeper that I got out of it is how absolutely wonderful it is that God has made each of us so unique! All of these "strange" and "not normal" things about us are really just evidence that God has a great big, huge, GINORMOUS paint palette, and He's not afraid to use new colors and new patterns and new techniques on His astoundingly BEAUTIFUL creations!
As one person put it:
"you have all delighted God in sharing your uniqueness..... i can just picture Him laughing with joy when he created each of us fashioning us after His own image! think of that!!! :-) how boring would life be if we were all the same?"In scriptures such as Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12, Paul talked about various ways in which God had gifted various people within the body of Christ, using words and phrases such as "differences of ministries" and "diversities of activities," and saying that we are "individually members of one another" and yet "all the members do not have the same function." While Paul was talking in particular about "gifts of the Spirit" that are perhaps more likely used within the context of special gatherings of the church, the same really does apply to the ways in which God has uniquely and diversely wired each of us in everyday life - in the core of our individual personalities.
Our differences are to be celebrated. As "members of one another," we have the special privilege of highlighting and encouraging these diverse traits in one another, and helping to bring them out in one another. We're not meant to worry about whether or not we're the same as others, or put others down for not being the same as us. God has skillfully, and I believe passionately, made each and every one of us into extraordinary people. God Himself has done it!
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.