Mark and I walked around New Orleans yesterday.  Like 9 miles worth  We have been in awe with the uniqueness of this place everyone calls Nawlins.

Street performers.

Jazz music.

Architecture .

The street artists.

The tarot card and palm readings.

All very interesting.  To say the least.

When we visited the Louisiana State Museum, I noticed the rich history here wasn’t much different than the rich history of Arkansas. Farming, slave trade, and the Civil War were pretty much the same.

I am not saying that there isn’t any uniqueness in New Orleans or in Arkansas.  What I discovered is people are the same everywhere.  Yes, our culture may be different but people live their lives the same.

Haven’t you ever noticed that the people in Biblical times have the same problems and lifestyles as we do now?  Upper class, lower class, servants, masters, murderers, rapists, plotters, manipulators, and yes, even the bachelorette  show…… ummmm Queen Esther’s story.

So why did those stories stand out in the Bible?  or in New Orleans’ museum?  It was the Younisqueness of those people.  Being Younique helps you stand out.  Right?  Didn’t Jesus begin his ministry with Younique people?  They each lead lives that stood out in their own way.  Peter a fisherman.  Matthew a tax collector.  Luke a doctor.  Their passion and hearts made their everyday lives and ministry Younique.

Have you ever stopped and thought about your own youniqueness?  What talents do you have that could be used to service God’s ministry?  What passions do you have that can change the world?

Ever consider when Jesus said, “In the same way, let your light [younqiueness] shine before men, so that they may see your good works [youniqueness] and give glory to your Father in heaven.”,  that he might have meant your younique talents and passions?  We are supposed to stand out in a crowd.  We are told not to conform to the world but to live differently.  Right?

Think about it.


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