Incredible, Amazing You!
I think that sometimes, we take ourselves for granted. We don’t really realise how incredible we are. And not just ourselves … we also take others for granted.
So, here are a couple of amazing facts about each one of us that you may not know? Totally amazing:
FACT # 1 – Your DNA
The first one has to do with your DNA. It’s the code on which all your physical attributes are written.
Your DNA is a double strand of specialised protein that is replicated precisely, exactly, identically in every cell in your body. It’s your genetic thumbprint if you will. Your DNA is what makes you absolutely unique – unless you are one of those very rare people with an identical twin.
So let me ask you, if you where able to string every strand of DNA in your body together end to end – how far do you think it would reach?
From Kolkata to Delhi perhaps … about 1,500 kilometres. That’s rather a long way for our DNA to stretch isn’t it? But no, its further than that.
What about from Sydney to London. Now that is a long way. That’s about 17,000 kilometres. Is it that far? No our DNA stretches further still.
What about 10 times around the equator … 400,000 kilometres? Well, actually no – that’s still way too short. Gee – what next?
How about to the moon and back 10 times. That’s almost 4 million kilometres. Nope. Still not far enough.
Okay let’s try the sun and back. That’s 300 million kilometres. This is getting exciting isn’t it? But no, that’s still not far enough. Your DNA if we could string it end to end, would reach much, much farther than that. Here’s the simple mathematics.
Each cell in your body has around 2 metres of DNA – now isn’t that surprising – how does all that DNA fit into such a tiny cell? And you have around 100 trillion cells in your body. So if we multiply the 2 metres by 100 trillion, we get 200 trillion metres, or 200 billion kilometres of DNA. That’s an awfully big number. How far is 200 billion kilometres?
Well, to be precise, it’s 667 trips to the sun and back.
Isn’t that completely amazing? And here’s the second fact about you.
FACT #2 – What You’re Worth
What do you think is the going market price for all the chemicals in your body?
You know, if you could value the potassium and the iron and the water and the oxygen and the sodium and all the other chemicals that make up your body at the going market prices, how much would you be worth??
Well the answer is somewhere between $1.50 and $2.50 US.
When we just look at our physical components, we’re not worth much are we?
What Does That All Mean?
But when I bring those two amazing facts together, here’s the conclusion I come to.
You and I are totally, totally amazing.
With a couple of dollars worth of chemicals, you and I are made up of complex, intricate, genetic material that will stretch 667 round trips to the sun. Any way you look at that reality – it’s just completely mind blowing.
And if you set out to drive that distance in a car say at 100 kph without stopping, do you know how long that would take you? Just under 230,000 years. Do you get the picture?
You really are amazing!
Our value isn’t in the raw chemicals that make up our bodies. Our value is who we become when those chemicals are arranged in a very special way. Not are you and I physically amazing, but we are emotionally and spiritually amazing. We each have unique skills and gifts that very few people around us have.
Now I know. You’ve lived with those skills and gifts all your life. And so you think they’re nothing special.
But perhaps you’re able to sing or draw – I can’t do either of those things. Perhaps you have a great engineering mind, or perhaps you have a gentleness and kindness and concern for other people that the rest of us don’t quite have.
So, let me just leave you with this vital fact about yourself. You are truly an amazing person.
And it doesn’t matter what the world, what society, what other people say or think. We each have a unique gift or ability in life. We are each amazing.
So … can I please encourage you, implore you – to wake up to your unique talents and abilities … and please, don’t waste them. You have so much potential to live an amazing life. Please don’t get to the end of your life just to discover that … you wasted it.
Remember – you are one of a kind. Totally amazing.
For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret,intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.In your book were written all the days that were formed for me,when none of them as yet existed.
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
I try to count them—they are more than the sand; I come to the end —I am still with you. (Psalm 139:13-18)
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