Sunday Scriptures — Be Yourself

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

The week I spent as a participant at Space Camp for Teachers at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama was a once in a lifetime experience. During one activity I performed an EVA – Extravehicular Activity – on the International Space Station.

Of course, this was a mock-up. Not the real deal.

That day, four of us were assigned to two different EVAs. Before we went outside for the EVAs, we changed out of our blue flight suits and pulled white EVA suits on over our shorts and tee shirts. My teammates and I ranged in height from my 5′ 3″ to Bruce’s 6′ 6″.

We each hung our flight suits up where we’d be able to find them after the EVA, then headed for our assignments.

After our respective EVAs we returned to the room to change back into our flight suits. Only, before Bruce could return, Jonathan replaced Bruce’s flight suit with mine.

Maybe you can picture in your mind Bruce trying to squeeze into my too-small-for-him flight suit. Poor guy. He didn’t know what was going on. Jonathan told Bruce he must have grown during the EVA!

Just as my flight suit did not fit Bruce, God designed each of us to be who we are. He didn’t intend for us to fit into the space he designed for someone else. We weren’t meant to try and squeeze into parameters not meant for us.

But we do that sometimes, don’t we?

We try to be someone God never intended us to be. Instead of looking at who God made us and being grateful, we look at others and wish we had their looks, strength, family, abilities, possessions …

Instead of sharpening the skills God put inside us, we run after all kinds of things thinking we have to know how to do everything to be complete.

We are fearfully and wonderfully made, after all. Let’s celebrate that fact.

What advice would you give someone who tries to fit into the mold God made for someone else?

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God planned for us to do good things and to live as he has always wanted us to live. That’s why he sent Christ to make us what we are. Ephesians 2:10 (CEV)

I wish you well.


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New Name

Do you have a nickname? Do you give others nicknames?

Growing up, I wanted a nickname. My dad called me Little Bit, and that was good, but that was a name my dad gave me.

Sissy called me Brat, alternating with Pest. She still does, but those names don’t count, either.

In junior high, I finally received my first real nickname when the star of our basketball team asked me a question. Bill dropped the y off my last name and added an s. He called me Kirbs, and the name stuck.

My sister-in-law did sort of the same thing when she dropped the y, and added an s to my first name, and came up with Sands.

When I attended Space Camp for Educators at the Huntsville, Alabama U.S. Space &


Rocket Center, we were told to come up with nicknames for the name tags on our flight suits. I  came up with a name. But, giving yourself a nickname really isn’t the same as having a friend give one to you.

I have TONS of nicknames for Pilot — all good. 🙂 I didn’t realize just how many different names I had for my husband until a Space Camp alum visited. Ole 49 asked, “How many names do you have for the guy?” Lots. Among the many names I have for Pilot, my favorite is Handsome.

Thinking about nicknames led me to consider the many, many names there are for Jesus. I’ve listed a few that came to mind.

Master. Redeemer. King of kings. Messiah. LORD of lords. Lamb of God. Bread of Life. Alpha and Omega. Risen Savior.

Whether they believe, or not, the fact is ALL shall bow before Christ as King of kings and LORD of lords. As I look forward to that day, I also look forward to the new name I will be given by my Father in Heaven. (Revelation 2:17) I don’t know what that name will be, but I know it won’t be Brat.

Do you have a nickname? I’d love to hear what it is, plus, any additional names for Jesus you’d like to add to the list.

That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11  (NKJV)

I wish you well.



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