You Are Special
Children’s books bring a simplicity to adult lessons. Often, however, when we reach adulthood we forget that these lessons still apply to us. One of my favorite books is “You Are Special” by Max Lucado. If you have never read this book I recommended pausing here and buying it immediately. In summary, the Wemmicks are wooden people who spend all their time placing gold stars or grey dots on one another. The talented Wemmicks receive gold stars and the plain ones receive grey dots. Punchinello learns by visiting the wood Maker that the more time he spends with Him, the less the stickers stick.
A few nights ago I was reading this book to my daughter and was challenged once again: Do I believe that I am special? If yes, then why do I fail to let my Maker define who I am?
Evaluate for a minute how much of your time is spent thinking about what others have said, good (gold star) or bad (grey dot), and acting according to what we have come to believe others expect. We live in a competitive, one-up society. We are energized by the latest complement or discouraged by the latest “bless you heart” remark. From birth we are directly and indirectly told how to act, what to wear, the best career path, what school to attend, how to look, etc. Fighting to accept this normal way of thinking is hard because…well…because it’s normal. What isn’t normal is refusing to find worth from other people and learning to have skin so nourished by our time with God that gold stars and grey dots no longer stick.
Just like the Wemmicks, some of us were made with many talents, some with fewer gifts. I am reminded of 2 Timothy 2:20, “In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use.” One of the truths in this verse that can be easily overlooked is that each article, special or common, is purposed. Before we were created, God defined our purpose.
In the book, the key for Punchinello was to learn that the only way for stars and dots to be rendered useless was to spend time with his Maker daily. This profound concept is deeper than a cute story; it is a game changer. Instead of going to others to learn who we are, or worse, trying to define other’s worth for them, let’s start a new normal of encouraging each other to go to our Maker every day. As the stars and dots begin to fall we look more and more like Christ. And this happens because God gave us great worth.
You are unique. You are worthy. You are purposed.
You are special.