A Different Rose

“Indeed, I have inscribed [a picture of] you on the palms of My hands;
Your city walls [Zion] are continually before Me.”
Isaiah 49:16 Amplified Translation

I’m the type of person that doesn’t do things because everybody else is doing it.

I can be last a lot. Sometimes late.  Slow in my ways.  I am not always hasty.  But I can be productive… strategic and ready to do something right on it’s time. Right when it is necessary.

I am my own pace setter and I am comfortable with that. I don’t think that I am one to be tolerated but the one to be appreciated and loved by the ones God placed before me.

The struggle can come when I actually realize just how different that I am.

I compare in my mind somehow –I am assessing, analyzing and evaluating.  Just because I am so different that begins a process. Mainly called –THINKING TOO MUCH!

Who am I? What is my purpose? What am I doing that is making a mark?

That is why I love to write.  It is one of those things that separates me.  I have my own thoughts and here they are.  People can relate with what they need to, perhaps learn something at the moment or can just pass over what isn’t specifically for them.  At the end of the day they are my thoughts.  It is my life and it is my story.

The same way you have your own. 🙂

“Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.”
Psalm 139:16

That word was written for all of us.  It speaks to our identity, our individuality, our authenticity and our uniqueness.  We are different.  There is a lot of the same in this life.  Lots of go-getters, pacesetters and there are those that are just not.  Different in their own way too.  Just know it doesn’t make you less important! Less valuable or less loved.

“From far away, the Lord will appear to his people.
The Lord says, “I love you people with a love that continues forever.
That is why I have continued showing you kindness.”
Jeremiah 31:3 ERV Translation

There is something different also for me and you to do.  Something that can only be done in the precise location that we find ourselves. We use what we have–whether it is resources, time, love, family, faith, friends, or extending a hand to help someone else more in need than yours.

You can do something. Make it happen.  Go big right?! LIVE LIFE! Go out there and enjoy the weather–oceans–boardwalks, bike rides, coffee shops–different people and times. Find a better view. Get up and do something NEW! Create your day–as you are called to create and live that courageously.

So maybe all the flowers coming together for the dozen can look the same–rest assured if you took down all the petals, each will be different in their own way.  So never doubt your value and significance because it is great.

There is such a huge value in the way in which God created JUST YOU!!!!

With Love,

~ Dedication to R.S. ~

About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Senior Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor, currently residing in Canton, Georgia. We have been together for 29 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 22 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me. View all posts by Christina

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