It is said that you can tell a lot about a person by the type of shoes they wear. I guess the same could be said about clothing, but according to research there is something scientific about the choice of shoe we wear. Which makes sense; shoes, from their humble practical beginnings, are now made for more than comfort in travel, but to create a fashion statement. But, is our life more than the clothing we wear? (Matthew 6:25-34) The bible says we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
I watched the move “Wonder.” It was about a boy that had a deformed face and went through many struggles personally and socially, as he tried to figure out who he was and how to fit in. A lot of times in life we allow others to dictate who we are: the media, our families, friends, and sometimes WE are our own worst enemy.
There are many wonders of the world, but God also created us to be great. Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage.” We are all players on this great big stage, and all of us, no matter what role we play at some point in life deserve a standing ovation.
Most of the time we want to blend in so that we don’t make a scene or have others judge us. One of the many precious quotes in this movie was, “You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.” We try to play it cool, dumb down our beliefs, change our looks or even habits for fear that we might seem different or radical. Why are we trying so hard to be anything other than what we are? Not sure who you are? Jesus compares us to the stars. He also declares us as royalty.
“Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.” Philippians 2:15
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
It doesn’t matter what you have come through, or where you are now, if you are the chiefest of sinners or a saint….we are all called to be great in the eyes of Jesus. If you come as you are, Jesus will transform your life into something beautiful. He has a beautiful purpose for your life. (Jeremiah 29:11)
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
Things might look bleak at the moment, like there is no end to your currently situation, or nothing is changing. You might be stuck in some boring rut that you can’t break out of. You might have said the words, “God, there has got to be something more than this.” Well, there is! The problem is that we get into poverty-like thinking; where we continue looking at the same thing hoping for it to change. We need to change the way we see things, and come up with a solution to change it. All it takes is a little faith to move a mountain. (Matthew 17:20)
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein
It is proof that the more positive you are about a situation the more likely it is to change. Sometimes our self-talk is the worse, or better yet, how we speak to others when we are in the slumps; negativity is so contagious. The power of life and death are in the tongue. (Proverbs 18:21)
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
We must also learn to encourage one another. This is sometimes hard to do, when we come across negative people, or when we are dealing with something ourselves. We must be kind to everyone we meet, because you don’t know what kind of battle they are facing. We all come to a crossroads in life or in situations.
When given the choice to be “right” or be “kind” always choose to be kind. (Wonder, the Movie)
We are all fearfully and wonderfully made. There is so much in us that makes us unique, you simply have to ask God to show you all that He created you to be, and you will start seeing the world in a new light. Jesus loved us so much that He died for us, that we might LIVE.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
This child went through much, entering public school in grade 5. He would hide under a helmet afraid of what people might think of his face. But he held onto the words of those that loved him, and ended up winning many hearts; finally realizing that even though he was different, he was a wonder. Not meant to blend in, but to stand out. He often times would start imaging that he was an astronaut in his helmet, and the people making fun of him were actually cheering him on.
“If you don’t like where you are, picture where you want to be.” (Wonder, the Movie)
We too are called to stand out, and be a light for those who are still living in darkness. There were some kind kids in the school that knew what was right and wrong, and they encouraged this kid, who then in turn encouraged the other kids, defeating the bullies in the school. It is such an inspirational movie, and worth the watch.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
“But if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7