DAY 267 OF 365 IN 2021


Luke 9:18-19 Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist;others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”

Whenever we eat anything new, we try to create a reference from the archives of the things we have tasted before. So we say it tastes like ‘A or B’. But very often, we come across foods with tastes so peculiar that we have nothing to cross reference with and it is at such times we say ‘it tastes like nothing I’ve had before’

Comparisons are therefore not new, in some instances, they are intended to serve as a base standard of measure. It is thus no surprise that when Jesus asked what the crowds thought of Him, He got names in return ‘John the Baptist, Elijah or one of the prophets of old’. There would probably have been patterns, attitudes and traits that made association with these names appropriate and that also happens to us.

However, Jesus presses further for an answer that came from another dimension, ‘the dimension that is uniquely us’. Here, there are no comparisons or cross referencing, but the identification and establishing of the traits applicable and unique to us. The things that make ‘us like no other’.

It might sound impossible since we are all human beings, with a seemingly finite set of traits, skills, talents and strengths by which we can be identified. Nonetheless, we can be assured that there is a specific proportioning of all these qualities that are unique to each one of us. And before we go off aiming to fit in, let’s bear in mind that

‘it is our differences and uniqueness that creates our rewards’


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