Unique, thank God

Brittons tieLike millions of other men across the world, I truly look forward to Father’s Day.  It’s a great event for me, as I get to celebrate being Hollianne’s husband and the father to our three children.

This year brought a special surprise. Our youngest child presented me with a gift that I’ll never forget. Britton obtained a paisley-patterned tie for me to wear. While the tie was wonderful, it’s what Britton did with the tie that made it extra special. Britton took brightly-colored paint pens and personalized it! He drew three children on the tie (representing the Carver kids) and wrote “Happy Father’s Day” across the top. He proudly told me that it was the only one like it in the world…it was unique. He beamed with pride when I wore it to church that morning.

Just like my special gift from my son, we as Christians should celebrate our uniqueness. We are carefully made by God our Father.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

God knows everything about us. He knows our strengths and shortcomings. He knows our past and our future. He uniquely made us for His service.

O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Psalm 139:1-5

I cherish my Father’s Day tie…and am so thankful for the son who created it for me. But we are infinitely more cherished by our heavenly Father, and I pray that we will all continually work to use our unique gifts and talents to glorify His holy name.

God bless you.

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4 thoughts on “Unique, thank God

  1. Danny Cash says:

    It is an honor to know you. Please pray for me this weekend. I am in Costa Rica working with 21st Century Global Missons to start a preacher training school near San Jose. We met last night and will have a series of meetings today and tomorrow. I have been ask to preach Sunday for our joint service onSunday, so an extra pray please. Your brother. Danny

  2. John says:

    That is seriously one of the coolest, most original Father’s Day gifts that I have seen. Great move by you to wear it to church! Big dad points for that one.

  3. Margaret Carbaugh says:

    Thank you for sharing the photos of Carson’s baptism. Nothing could be more amazing for any parent.
    While I was in Zambia, we were invited to a baptism in a small shallow river near our campsite. The next day, we attended a 3-hour praise-filled worship service where this woman was accepted into the fellowship of the church. I have so much I want to share about this trip, but I start crying every time I get started. I am still processing all that I saw, heard, smelled, tasted, and most importantly, felt. This may take me a lifetime.

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