I was watching TV and a commercial came on. I had seen this commercial before, but this time I was drawn in.
The scene opens with men on an assembly line…almost like robots; they all look the same (Portraying that humans are simply cookie cutter versions of one another).
Then…out of the assembly line a head pops out.
He’s not content with being like everyone else. He wants to be different. And so he jumps off the line and begins to escape.
Alarms are going off. Security guards are scrambling. The man is running for his life…and for seemingly his ability to be unique from everyone else. I was so drawn in. Will he escape?
I was quickly snapped back to reality when the logo for Gillette Shaving Cream came on.
But I’ll tell you what it was that drew me in like I was watching a blockbuster movie in the theater.
It was my own desire to be unique; To be different than everyone else; To be the only me.
I’m willing to bet I’m not alone in this. I believe deep down there’s a desire in all of us to know we’re unique…that we weren’t just carelessly made from cookie cutter templates.
It’s a human longing.
It’s also a spiritual truth that dates back all the way to Genesis 1 & 2. God creates man and woman in His image. His image isn’t cookie-cutter, though. How is that possible? I’m not exactly sure, because I’m not Him. But I do believe He’s infinite…and so creating infinitely unique individuals doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility.
All throughout scriptures we see glimpses of uniqueness in each individual. Sticking with the Old Testament theme, we see the Temple being built by people who were uniquely and purposely gifted to do different things (wood working, metal working, etc).
Additionally, when Nehemiah took the task of rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls, he called people that had specific and unique gifts to do specific and unique things. Every one in Scripture is unlike everyone else in Scripture. It’s just the way things are.
Ironically though, uniqueness doesn’t come naturally.
The marketing team that put together that commercial was able to identify a tension that most humans struggle with – settling for blending in with everyone else, or doing the work that uniqueness requires.
Make no mistake, they both require work. It’s exhausting work to constantly compare myself with other people and to always second guess myself based on what other people think.
It’s also work to spend time listening to Jesus, discover my unique wiring, and figure out how God is calling me to implement that uniqueness.
My encouragement to you (and me) is to do the work of discovering your uniqueness, and like the guy in the commercial, run away from the temptation to do what everyone else is doing.