So I am driving along with the kiddos and all is well. We are playing the game we call “Guess the Song”. Just something to pass the hour drive to the closest medium town. The older kids are getting them left and right, while Peyton sits pouting. He is younger and therefore doesn’t know as many. I ignore him. Why? Because he is acting foolish. Then, he makes the sad mistake of saying that it isn’t fair.
I saw red.
I calmly pull the truck over and verbally lay into my son. Now, I know you all probably think I am just awful but honestly, I don’t care. See, this is how I see it. If I would have coddled my son at that moment, I would have done him great harm.
He needs me to be honest with him.
He needs me to tell him to suck it up and get over it.
And so I did.
I see a sad thing happening in the world around me. We are trying to rob an individual of their individuality. Wiping away the depths and textures of all so they fit into a predefined standard. Somehow man has decided in their jealously that no one should stand apart from another. Everyone is “special”. Everyone gets a prize.
If everyone is extraordinary, then everyone is in fact ordinary. God didn’t make us as cookie-cutter people. So why are we trying so desperately to erase what HE did? Why are we fighting so hard to make everyone equal in all things?
Equal– identical in size, quantity, degree, intensity, etc; the same (as)
Is that what we really want?
By golly, if one of my children does something extraordinary, I am going to gush over them. I am going to make them feel important. And I don’t care if the others feel less. That is a great motivator for them to shine at something they are good at. I embrace their individuality. Because sometimes, you are not as good, as pretty, as fast, as wealthy or whatever else as the guy or gal next to you. And that’s okay. If you want to be or do better, work at it. But even then, you may only be mediocre. And that is all right too.
Find what God gave you. It may be little but it is just as important to nurture as the something big. I know for a fact the small things can pack a punch and cause a ripple that becomes a tsunami. With God, anything is possible.
I will leave you this week with something to ponder upon.
The Parable of the Talents
14 ¶ For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strewed:
25 and I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strewed:
27 thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Peace, love and God’s will.