A Memo from God

Jim Still-Pepper

To be read today or on your birthday or on any other day that you’re not sure who you are. 

You’re not normal! (I hope you are not offended.) You are not normal; you were never intended to be normal. You were created to be you.

Think about this: I am the God of the universe. I am the one who spoke and the universe came into being. I decided to create you. I fashioned your hair and your nose; I made your tiny toes. I designed your personality and gave you talents and interests.

I made you unique. There are billions of people on earth, and not one of them is the same. I have taken great care to make you like no one else. You are you — one of a kind.

devozine Mirror Girl TS 76801785I love you the way you are. Oh, I know you wish you were smarter, dumber, taller, shorter, blonde, or brunette. I hear you when you wish you could be different. But remember: My grace is sufficient for you. If you lack anything, it is not because I gave you a weakness; rather I created you with a need for me. Seek me when you are not strong, smart, or popular. I will be there!

I have not plopped you on the earth without a reason; I have a plan for your life. Sometimes you look at what you don’t have and worry. I look at you and know that you are perfectly created to be here, now.

Go stand in front of a mirror. Look at yourself. You are not normal. You are wonderfully made!

I know that sometimes I don’t seem to be paying attention. You pray, and I don’t seem to answer. Think about this story:

At the ocean, an undercurrent pulled a young man into deeper water; but the lifeguard sat and watched him struggle. Only when the young man had no more strength to fight and actually began to sink did the lifeguard fly into action. He jumped into the water and quickly brought the young man back to shore. Someone asked the lifeguard why he had waited so long. “I had to wait until his strength was gone,” he said, “so that my strength could take over and save him.”

Lifeguard FTR iStock_000003863225_LargeI am like the lifeguard. I will sometimes wait until your strength is gone, so that my strength can take over. When you are struggling, remember that I love you enough to give you heaven and earth, family and friends, and the gift of eternal life through my son, Jesus Christ. When life is difficult, when you don’t fit in or feel as if you’re not normal, remember that I will never forsake you. There is nothing that can separate you from me.

I Love You,



Read 1 Thessalonians 1:4. Then write a reply to God’s memo.

Jim Still-Pepper is a therapist for youth and their families in Zanesville, Ohio.

– from devozine (July/August 2004). Copyright © 2004 by Upper Room Ministries. All rights reserved.

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