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“I can’t believe you’re wearing that,” my friend said to me on a recent 20-degree run.  “You’re a polar bear.”  I wasn’t wearing shorts, but I did have on fewer layers than she did.  I always wear fewer layers than she does.  We’ve run together for almost three years, and it’s old news that our internal thermostats are wired differently.  I don’t like to be hot, she doesn’t like to be cold, and our running attire reflects it.  Our clothing choices differ to address our individual needs; but they get us both where we want to be … on the road running together.

“… I have called you by name, you are mine.”  Isaiah43:1

Thank God for our differences.  We’d be bored without them.  Each of us is unique, as is each person who’s come before us and each person who will come after us.  If the varied personalities in your home, office, or church make your head spin, consider what God sees daily.

As a Christian, I believe my salvation comes through my faith in the triune God and belief that Jesus is the Son of God and my savior.  But, the ways one fosters that faith and belief are as numbered as the stars in the sky.

Each of us is responsible for seeking the unique way we may come to know God.  No one can do it for us, and no one’s path is just like ours.  Something that speaks to the heart of one may miss – or even annoy – the heart of another.  No certain action, type of prayer or Bible study, means of celebration, style of decoration, volume of singing, manner of praise, and so on, will be helpful to all.  And it doesn’t have to be.

I’m certainly thankful for what I learn from others, and I wouldn’t know God as I do without them.  (When my running friend learned I couldn’t keep my fingers warm on cold runs, she gave me a carton of hand warmers.  Who knows how long it would’ve taken me to think of that.)  But, you are the only one who can decide to open your heart to Him.

There are, however, unifying questions.  Are we searching for ways to get closer to God?  Do we have hearts and minds seeking truth?  Are we open to learning about the actions and ideas we criticize, disagree with, or don’t understand?

God came long ago as a baby in Bethlehem for each of us.  He has called us by name and knows us better than we know ourselves.  Don’t let Christmas come and go this year without reminding yourself why He came for you.  And if you haven’t ever desired to know Him, maybe this is the year to discover why He came for you.  He’s calling your name.

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