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KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74 reminds us that ke Akua is the greatest of all designers and craftsmen, molding us each into the unique individuals we are today and born ready to live our lives to the greatest potential.

Weekly devotional: Uniquely you

Jul. 16, 2021

  • KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
Aʻole i nalo koʻu kino iā ʻoe,
Iaʻu i hana ʻia ai ma kahi malū,
A kāpili akamai ʻia ma lalo i ka honua.
ʻIke mai nō kou mau maka i koʻu ʻōpuʻu ʻana;
A pau nō hoʻi i ke kākau ʻia i loko o kāu buke,
Nā mea oʻu i hoʻoponopono ʻia ai ma hope,
Ia manawa, ʻaʻole kekahi o ia mau mea.
– Nā Halelū 139:15-16

Scripture Reading
My frame was not hidden from You
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully formed in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my formless substance;
And in Your book were written
All the days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
– Psalm 139:15-16

He manaʻo o ke kahu
KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74

One of the things I like to do is observe people. It first started when I was watching a group of preschoolers at the church, when I was an associate pastor. There were several sets of siblings there. What really stood out for me was that the second born of the same gender tended to be more active, emotional, aggressive rascal, rambunctious and social than their older sibling; provided they were just a couple of years apart.

My sons are proof of this. When families have multiple children, it’s easy to lump them together – to start to make comparisons. Knowing that our sons are two very different people, my wife and I tried hard not to make comparisons, so each one could be their own person. It’s great to watch them now that they are adults with families of their own and how they raise their own children. To see how they look at the “bend” of their son or daughter and give each one the opportunity to explore their own strengths.

Ke Akua made each of us unique. It was not a random gathering of parts that were slapped together. The Psalmist tells us the ‘Iehova made us in that secret place where we were skillfully formed. I imagine a handmade car that a master craftsman carefully molds sheets of metal into shape with specialized tools and a trained eye, never satisfied until the curve of the fender is just right. He or she would finish each part to align precisely with the piece next to it. The motor and suspension are carefully tuned to provide the power and handling that would match the ability of the driver. Once completed, the masterpiece is ready to be released into the hands of its new owner, to use and enjoy along the roadways.

We have the greatest of all designers and craftsmen in ke Akua, who shaped us and molded us into the people that we are today. We were not created to just be released into the world and ke Akua laid out before us our very lives, not to limit us, but to lay our future before us. Let us grasp onto that purpose and live out our lives to their greatest potential, knowing that we were made just for this.

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