One of my daughter’s favorite DVD’s ends with a Tomato smiling and saying, “now remember, kids: God made YOU special, and he loves you VERY MUCH!”
I chuckle every time I hear that. Kids tend to want details. “How?” They will ask. “How am I more special? How am I different?” Parents usually are at a loss for words and give replies like, “well, there is only one you, no one else is like you…”
But that question haunts us all on some level, doesn’t it? I know that I’ve spent a lot of time wondering what exactly it is about me that God made different. What is special? This question has been deeply tied to my search to know how I should spend my life. What about me is special? What are those dreams that God has given me? What drives me? How did God equip me to do what I need to do? I thought if I could only answer all of these questions, I would know what I was supposed to do.
A pastor once told me, “If there is only one thing in life that you could imagine doing for the rest of your life, every day, no vacations, and this thing would never bore you, what would it be?”
Without thinking for a second I said, “telling stories.”
I think any time we keep coming back to a single question, it’s because God really WANTS us to look for the answer. I’m not the kind of cynic that believes that everything in human nature is evil- God made us, after all, and God wouldn’t have made us evil. He made us good. No, not just good, very good. We are the crowning glory of his creation.
So, what drives you? What could you do every day without growing tired? What is the one thing in your life that moves you and shakes you? What makes you special is more than a sum of your experiences, it’s more than the things you enjoy and the things you dislike, it’s more than the way others percieve you, it’s more than your physical looks and certainly more than how much money you’ve got in the bank.
What makes you special is that you were given to this world for a reason. Your life makes a difference.
Never forget that.