Are You Thankful for How God Made You?

YOU ARE A REAL PIECE OF WORK! Did you know that? This is not an insult, it’s a wonderful compliment. There’s only one you and God made you the way you are. Absolutely unique. You were never a product of random chance and you did not evolve out of some primordial ooze. You’re not related to a fish or an ape and your grandfather to the tenth power was not an armadillo. If you’re not thankful for anything else this season, be thankful there’s only one you. 
And what a you God designed! Consider one of your cells: A single DNA molecule contains 20 billion bits of information. How much is that? If written down in an ordinary book it would be about three billion letters. If there are six letters in an average word, the information content of that DNA molecule corresponds to about 500 million words. If there are about 300 words on an ordinary page, this corresponds to about two million pages. If a typical book contains 500 pages, the information content of a single human DNA molecule corresponds to some 4,000 volumes. Remember, that is only one DNA molecule!

“It is clear, then, that the sequence of rungs on our DNA ladders represents an enormous library of information. It is equally clear that so rich a library is required to specify as exquisitely constructed and intricately functioning an object as a human being.” Believe it or not, that quote and all that DNA information comes from astronomer and atheist Carl Sagan, who thinks we all happened by chance!

Thank God because you are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139) Say, “Thanks, God!” because you are special.

But there’s more….

Ever heard of laminins? They’re the proteins in our body that hold one cell of our bodies to the next cell; without them we would literally fall apart. Now that you know what they are, do you know what the scientific diagram of these proteins look like? Little crosses. Yes, little teeny, tiny crosses.

This brings to mind what the Bible says about Jesus: “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, AND IN HIM ALL THINGS HOLD TOGETHER.” (Colossians 1:15-17)

Are you special in God’s sight? You bet. Thank Him today for how he made you!

And this Thanksgiving, give extra thanks for all those unique people who you will be gathering together with to celebrate all the wonderful things our awesome God has provided for us to enjoy.

Happy Thanksgiving! 
Matthew Henry (1662-1714), was robbed at one time. Here is how he prayed: "Let me be thankful, first, because he never robbed me before; second, because although he took my purse, he did not take my life; third, because although he took all I possessed, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed."
Are you thankful for your worship team? I am. I don't know who these guys are, but they needed to vet the sax player a little bit more before letting him play along to "Give Thanks." (It's only 1:25 minutes and quite funny.)
11. Weeping endures for a night but joy comes in the morning.
12. Even when we feel alone we are not alone.
13. God's plan for us far exceeds our puny imagination.
14. Miracles still happen.
15. The Holy Spirit lives in us.
16. Our doubts cannot cancel God's purposes for us.
17. Nothing is impossible with God.
18. There is no pit so deep that the love of God is not deeper still.
19. The Lord Jesus prays for us when we are too weak to pray
20. God will be faithful to finish his work in us.
21. Our desperate prayers matter to God.
22. Our pain equips us to minister to others in pain.
23. Jesus will never leave us.
24. We are still God's children even when our faith falters.
25. Our light, momentary afflictions produce in us an eternal weight of glory.

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