By Dana Herndon
What is DNA?
Deoxyribonucleic (de-ox-ee-rye-bow-new-clay-ick) acid, or DNA, contains information about your body’s design. Every one of us has a unique DNA! (Except for identical twins. They have—you guessed it—identical DNA!) The genetic code for our bodies is found in our DNA. This determines your eye and hair color, what you will look like, how tall you will be, and more. Your DNA makes you uniquely you!
The Technology of DNA
Did you know just one strand of your hair contains your DNA? DNA is found in every cell of your body. You can even find DNA in someone’s spit—gross!
While DNA can be found everywhere, the technology for DNA testing has only existed for about forty years. Because everyone’s DNA is unique, DNA testing can be used to solve crimes, figure out a health issue, or discover where a person comes from. DNA samples can be found in hair brushes and hats, on toothbrushes and cups, and even on clothing. Scientists test the DNA in a lab and determine its unique code.
Uniquely Created by God . . . . . .
God is a wonderful Creator who made each human body to be unique, right down to the smallest cell. He has left his mark on each one of us. Not only did He make our bodies to be unique, but He has also given each of us special gifts to use for His glory.
Do you know what that means? It means that you are you for a reason. You are unique and special. God has a purpose for you. Psalm 139 says, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
The story of creation in Genesis says God made man in His own image. That means God has left His image on all of us. While our DNA determines what we look like on the outside, God really cares about is what is on the inside. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.
What is in our hearts? How we act, especially when no one is looking, is called our character. Are we kind and honest? Do our actions glorify the Lord? When we have good character, we bring praise and glory to the Lord.
The Lord worked hard on all of His creation, and He made humans special. We are special to God. You are special to God.
You are a glorious creation of God’s—inside and out.
Dana Herndon is a writer, blogger, and middle school teacher. She and her husband live in Georgia with their three children. In addition to teaching, writing, and spending time with her family, Dana loves to read, paddleboard, and play pickleball. You can learn more about her blog at gemsgc.org/shine-brightly.