You are not an accident!

Whatever else may be said about you, one thing about you is indisputable – you are not an accident. You are who you are, with the characteristics and abilities you possess (or don’t possess), not by blind chance, but by the predetermined will of God.


Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV) For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

There are no accidents with God!

The Bible says that God knew all about you, and in fact planned for you, before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). He knew you by name. He knew exactly when and where you would be born, because He planned it that way.

He knew you would be male or female, black or white or Hispanic or Asian, or whatever your heritage may be. He planned that you would be short or tall, and gave you the genes that predispose you to be husky or slim.

God knew what kind of singing voice you would have, and whether or not you would feel comfortable speaking before a crowd of people. He specifically predetermined whether you would be outgoing or shy; more comfortable being an up-front person, or would rather be a behind the scenes worker.

He made you exactly who you need to be in order for you to fulfill His plan for your life.

And there is a plan!

It’s a plan for good works that God prepared long before you were born for you to accomplish in your life. And the place where you live, the people among whom you live, your coworkers on the job, or even the waitress who seems to always serve your table when you drop into your favorite restaurant for lunch – all of these fit into the plan God preordained for your life.

So, stop wishing you looked different, or talked different, could sing better, were taller or shorter, or were of a different race; or that you had a different job, or a different husband or wife – or different children!

God has formed you and placed you in the exact setting where you can do the most good. Never let anybody, including yourself, tell you different.

Ron Franklin


About RonElFran

Ron Franklin is a graduate of Denver Seminary in Colorado, and is the now retired founding pastor of a church in Harrisburg, PA. A former engineer and manager for high-tech companies such as IBM, Ron has written extensively on matters relating to the Christian faith, modern technology, the Civil War, and African American history. You can see a selection of his articles at .
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