Thursday, October 04, 2007

Different is Cool

Before I jump into my message, I wanted to give a shout out to Debbie, who won a copy of my book On the Loose by leaving a comment under my last post. YAY, Debbie! And thanks for all of those who volunteered to throw a fit in Wal-Mart on my book’s behalf. Just the thought of it makes me tear up. Stay tuned…you never know when we’re gonna give something away around here. We might auction off Sarah’s knee brace….

So I’m a teacher, right? And I see sooo many different personalities, faces, skin colors, clothing choices, etc. Like school-closing snow flakes (bring ‘em on), no two kids are alike. And as an adult it’s easy to look at them and say, “Oh, I wish you realized how special you are.” Right now I have a student who initially came in with quite the attitude. She’s quiet (her face says it all), she’s different from the others, and she has absolutely no confidence. She’s amazingly smart, I’ve discovered, but she slumps in her chair and does everything she can to fade into the background. And it works.

I have some beautiful friends, and lately I’ve gotten caught up in the habit of comparing myself to them. I’m shorter, I’m paler, I’m this, I’m that. I have more wrinkles!!! But you know what, just like this student in my class who can’t see herself the way I see her, (not to mention the way Jesus sees her), I am a creation of the King, ya know? God made me. He orchestrated every single line on my face, every fleck in my green eyes. If God had wanted me to look like Reese Witherspoon, I think he could’ve managed that. But he didn’t (and I’m almost over it). This same God who made the oceans to only travel so far and the sun to only burn so bright, made me too. And I’m his favorite of all his creations. And so are you. And so is my student.

Today let’s just take a moment to thank God for what we have and how we were created. He loves you just as you are, every flaw and every pretty detail. It’s all beautiful to him.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

Love that verse. And here’s a great example of it, to bring it all together. Another beautiful child of God…Retainer Boy!!!

And as someone with a retainer, I happen to like this a lot.
Have a great day, G3.

1 comment:

Timothy Fish said...

If God had wanted to do so, he could have made us all look like Reese Whitherspoon, but he didn't do that. I, for one, am glad that he didn't. I won't tell you how many times I have gotten up in the morning, look in the mirror as I shaved and thought, Praise God, I don't look like Reese Whitherspoon! Even if I did look like Reese Whitherspoon, I still wouldn't look like Reese Whitherspoon. She has the benefit of some good gaffers to get the lighting just right. In my mirror I see the reflection of a guy with lights shining down from above, causing shadows to fall at weird angles. There are times that I look at myself and think that I look very odd, but I wouldn't change my face for any other face in the world.