There is without question a lot of junk that comes out of Christian churches around the world. One church that is consistently creating something of value is Cleveland's Parkside Church through it's remarkable pastor, Alistair Begg.
The following is a letter that Pastor Begg read in a message entitled, "The Power of Weakness - Part A." (you can get it on iTunes) It struck me as powerful reminder that we all have a very unique and special purpose on earth and way too often misunderstand or overlook both our uniqueness and our calling.
In all the world there is nobody, nobody like you.
Since the beginning of time there has never been a person like you.
Nobody has your smile, your eyes, your hands, your hair.
Nobody owns your handwriting or your voice.
Nobody can paint your brush strokes.
Nobody has your taste for food or music or dance or art.
Nobody in the universe sees things as you do.
In all of time, there has never been anyone who laughs in exactly your way.
And what makes you laugh or cry or think may have a totally different response in another.
You are different from every other person who has ever lived in the history of the universe.
You are the only one in the whole creation who has your particular set of abilities.
There is always someone who is better at one thing or another.
Every person is your superior in at least one way.
But nobody in the universe can reach the quality of the combination of your talents and your feelings.
Throughout all of eternity, nobody will ever walk, talk, think, or do, exactly like you.
You are rare.
And in all rarity, there is enormous value, and because of your great value, the need for you to imitate anyone else is absolutely wrong.
You happen to be special.
And it is no accident that you are.
Please realize that God made you for a special purpose.
He has a job for you to do that no one else can do as well as you can.
Out of the billions of applicants, only one is qualified.
Only one has the unique and right combination of what it takes.
And that one is you.
I hope that as you close 2007 and begin to consider what 2008 may bring, that you have clarity of what your bigger purpose is and a grasp of how uniquely qualified you are to fulfill that purpose.
All the best,