When I was growing up I slowly grew to think that I could not be who I wanted to be. The person I was, was “different” – I didn’t fit into the mold society had set. So I wrongfully set out to be someone else. Now that I am older and a believer in the God MOST HIGH – I embrace that which makes me different. I know that I will still be seen in ways, even by fellow believers, as “different”, but that is not what my job here is for – to please others. My job is to be a light of who GOD is – not who I am.
I fear that today we make too much out of our differences. Even if they are small differences likes if we vaccinate or not, what medicines we use or don’t use, if we let our kids cry to themselves to sleep, how we dress, our hair, make-up, etc. It seems like everything is under scrutiny and judgement by others. Now, I see this becoming more and more the situation even with our kids. With sports, grades, what brand jeans/shoes they are wearing, phone they have, apps they use (even more so – don’t use), etc. We as parents judge other’s children as well as our kids judging other kids. The crazy thing is – this is all just worldly stuff – it doesn’t even matter.
Recently, my son has come into contact with some kids who call him “different” – whether it’s because of his goofy nature, his ability or inability to play certain sports, the fact he talks about His precious God, or what his likes and dislikes are – they have made him believe that his differences make him a lesser person. It breaks my heart for him. Yet, as I began talking to other parents I was seeing this has become more of an epidemic than Ebola, measles, or any disease could ever spread to be.
I was listening one day to one of my favorite artists – Francesca Battistelli – and her song “Unusual” came on. I immediately thought of how we are all uniquely created by God. We all have wonderful personalities that God grants us to form who He needs us to be. We are given special talents and gifts to make us uniquely God’s. We should thank God for them all: whether we are good at sports, architecture, computers, a people person or shy, outgoing or reserved – we are created with what we need to be just what God wants us to be.
I have seen and heard too many instances where we are slyly (or probably more not so slyly) tearing each other down and for nothing that truly matters. Since when do we make it a habit to tear each other down instead of build one another up. We are all created equal in God’s eyes with special things that make us just who we should be. We all battle sin – none of us are perfect, no not one. So let’s stop treating each other like we, ourselves, are all perfect and every one else is beneath us. let’s teach our children to stick up for what’s right and be thankful for who God has made them and those around them to be – UNIQUE and loved by God.
I decided that I would make my son a special video to show him how special God has made him to be and how loved he is (I shared it below). If you have someone in your life who is being called”different” share with them today that Psalms 139:13 refers to us all, “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.” – You are exactly who God has formed you to be. So rejoice in your differences – stay strong in Him – make Him your purpose and see yourself through God’s eyes and not the broken and skewed eyes of the world. Be a warrior for our Lord – follow Him – for nothing else matters!
I will leave you with James 3:5b-10, “See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body…But no man can tame the tongue. It is unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.”
And please remember words don’t have to be extreme to do damage. Even an ember can cause a devastating fire.