Publication Date: November 23, 2014
Today, I want to tell you just how special you are.
You are unique and different. God made you that way. There is no man, women or child quite like you. In fact, there has never been anyone in the history of the world like you. You are not one in a million, you are one in over six billion and that's just in the world today, let alone in all of history. Use these differences to glorify God. Be excited about being different.
God made you to be you and not to pretend to be someone else. God made you with a purpose in mind. Your house, your office, your community, your family, your school, your church - they just aren't the same without you.
God made you with a purpose in mind. He made you to solve a problem in this complicated world. Somewhere, there is a person that only you can reach, a life that only you can touch, a situation that only you can fix, a hurt that only you can heal. This is who God made you to be.
God was delicate and deliberate in creating you. Every detail, every hair, each unique fingerprint and every freckle, mole, nook and cranny. He knows your name. He chose you. You are adored. You are famous in His eyes.
God spoke billions of galaxies into existence, but the crown of His creativity - is man. Not the Great Barrier Reef, or Mount Everest, or Victoria Falls - it's you. He fashioned you with the utmost of care. You wear a crown of glory and honor in His immense world. When you look into the mirror, you see scars, pain, wrinkles, misery, despair, sorrow, tired eyes, eyeglasses, thinning hair and a paunch. God sees glory and honor reflecting in your warm light.
But God also made you with unique quirks, with troubles and with weaknesses because it is through your weaknesses that God is made strong. It is through our weaknesses that we learn to rely on God's graces. In His kingdom, the weakest is the greatest. He can use you in a mighty way.
You are not a mistake. You have too many exquisite details to be a mistake.
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. - Zephaniah 3:17
We all do not serve God in the same way. God doesn’t want to create a drone army of people who walk alike, talk alike, sing alike, look alike, dress alike or act alike. God wants his people to be unique, chosen, royal and special in every way.
Jesus paid the ultimate price for you. Because you are worthy in His eyes and in His compassionate heart. He has forgiven you - past, present and future. He loves you and He wants you to love Him. There is nothing more remarkable than this. We call this the gospel. It's a huge deal. There is nothing on this earth or in this galaxy that tops the love and the passion that God has for you. You are his dear child.
When you have come to grips with this reality, I am convinced that your lifestyle will also be one of worship. It has to be. There is no other way. This is the reason behind this book.
I am a sinner, I am a lousy Lutheran and I have iconoclastic tendencies, the dreadful list goes on and on; but in spite of this, I am loved so much by my God that He traded His pure, holy, glorious, innocent, powerful and perfect life for mine. He traded it! That's all that matters. I love Him. I dedicate this book to Him.
I am pictured on the cover of "Lifestyle Worship" but the book is not about me. It's a book about a sinner and a life that has been drastically changed to the point where worship has become the writer's passionate lifestyle. My prayer is that you will come to the same resting place as I have and I hope that God can use my feeble story to make a difference in your life. In the end, this story is also about you. You also are on a journey. A journey of getting closer and closer to your God. May God richly bless your journey.