What If I Said You Aren’t So Special?

We all want to be special.  And God loves each and every one of us like a Father a child.  We are special to Him.

But beyond that, we’re not so special…and I’m OK with that.  In the moments of my doubt and insecurity, I often look on someone else’s Facebook page and see their successes.  In fact, on Facebook everyone’s life seems to amazingly special.  But deep down, I know the truth.  Everyone else is going through the same struggles and moments of joy.  I know that it seems like we are the only ones dealing with whatever we’re dealing with, but not so.

I know you want to be special, but think of any and all heroes with ‘special’ powers.  You know, like Superman or Batman.  Who wouldn’t want to be those people?  Well you should know: ALL of the them are lonely.  What sets them apart actually sets them apart from everyone, and they struggle with it.

So it’s OK that you don’t have this skill or that ability, because others are in the same boat.  And people that do have those abilities probably can’t do something you do pretty well.  The only way any of us are special, really, is God’s loving gaze upon us.

God sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a curtain
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
He reduces rulers to nothing
And makes the judges of this world meaningless. (Isaiah 40:22–23)

Boa, K. (1993). Handbook to prayer: praying scripture back to God. Atlanta: Trinity House.

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