You are an original!
There is no one else in the world like you! There are no two snowflakes alike, and no two people alike. Even identical twins are different, if not on the outside, then on the inside. And everyone has different fingerprints. God made us all different, and God does not want you being someone else! You are an original! Several years ago I read in the newspaper about a young man who wanted to look like Michael Jackson. This young man already had certain facial similarities with the famous rock star, and his friends said how he looked like Michael Jackson. But his nose was not exactly the same, so he asked his dad if he could have $5,000.00 to have plastic surgery for a nose job. His dad said no, and a few days later the young man killed himself. Regrettably, this is a true story.
When I was 15 years old, my parents took me to the local Kmart to buy me a coat for winter. The coat they wanted and the coat I wanted were not at all the same. I had a long face because I could not get the one I wanted. My dad saw this and was upset with me but went ahead and bought me both coats, something that financially was hard for him. Strange, but the one I wanted I would not wear today! And in truth, looking back now I believe the one my parents picked out was nice looking, but then my head was "screwed on backward." I had seen a teen wearing a coat like the one I wanted, and for whatever reason, I thought it was "cool." So I wore the ugly coat because that's what I wanted.
Much later, I heard a lesson by a Bible teacher who said a poll was taken in Hollywood, asking the movie stars if there was anything they would change about themselves if they could. Now movie stars are looked upon as being the most beautiful, famous, and rich people. But according this teacher, an astonishingly 95 percent said they would change at least one thing about their appearance. For one it might have been the colors of her eyes, or hair, or height, body build, etc. This same teacher said, "If you could stand in front of a mirror and change one thing about your appearance, what would it be?" He then challenged us to thank God for this feature we did not like. "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" ( I Thessalonians 5:18).
When I was in fourth grade, I became aware one day that my ears stuck out. Some classmate had made a comment about it as children will do and I went home and looked in the mirror. To my horror I looked like a car going down the street with its doors open! Thankfully, my ears seemed to grow closer to my head the older I got.
I had size 10 shoes when I was in junior high school, and some girl in the hall between classes noticed my feet and said, "You have big feet!" "No I don't," I said. "Yes you do!" And then she asked me in front of others, "Can you walk on water?" I told her not to say that, and I walked off. When I got home, I said to my mom, "I have big feet." "No you don't," she said, and then she asked me, "Who told you you've got big feet?" I responded, "Everyone knows it." You will not believe what I did, and I am embarrassed to tell you, but for the next four years I wore shoes that were too small for my feet. You might say, "That is dumb." Actually, it is worse than dumb—it is painful, and I had four operations on my two big toes because of ingrown toenails. Why in the world would I do this? Because a girl in sixth grade said I had big feet.
If 99 percent of the world had only one arm, I am sure that rest of us "freaks" with two arms would wish we had been born with only one. "[B]ut they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise" (II Corinthians 10:12). There is no outward ideal, only an inward one of Christ in you (Galatians 4:19). God wants us to be thankful for who we are and how we look. God made no mistakes! I taught this in church, and one time unexpectedly a teenage boy blurted out, "Do I have to accept this?" And he pointed to the birthmark on his face. It was an awkward moment for me, for though I knew what the right answer was, still I also knew I would not want his birthmark on my face. And I told him, "Yes, even for that." There are people with scars or have been disfigured by fire, but God has grace for this if they will ask for it (II Corinthians 12:7–10).
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Have you ever seen an older person dress up as a teenager, trying to look younger? Silly, isn't it? Why be someone you’re not? Be the person you were made to be. I will never forget a response I heard from a teenager to another teen who had made fun of his face. The one had said to the other, "You got a baby face!" Whereupon the other teenager replied, "So?!" I really admired him for it, and the one who had criticized him had no response. "Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker:" (Proverbs 17:5) We need to accept ourselves and thank God for making us the way we are. You are an original, Accept yourself!
I have three beautiful daughters. One has very curly hair, one has perfectly straight hair, and one has hair with natural gentle curls. They all have beautiful hair! Because we are all different, what looks good on one will not look good on another. Well, my daughters with their beautiful natural hair, when they grew older, each changed their hairstyle, but not as Daddy would have liked. I asked the Lord to help them see what I thought I saw, and I remembered that when I was 15 years old, I would not wear the nice coat my dad bought me.
Many of the people I tried to be like when I was younger, now I do not want to be like. Who should we be like? We should pattern our life after Jesus Christ. One of the things I wish I could relive in my life was when I was 15 years old at Kmart with my long face. Now I would gladly take that ugly coat I wanted and put it back and wear the nice coat my parents got me. I also would have thanked my Dad for loving me enough to do the best he could. "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things" (I Corinthians 13:11). King David said, "For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:13–14). Have you ever thanked or praised the Lord for making you and giving you the looks you have?
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By G. M. Matheny
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