1 Peter 2:9: “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Two points here:
- You are special. If you’re an adult, you don’t hear this enough. Children have praise heaped upon them all the time for the minutest little things. Adults do not (even at work we’re not praised a lot). So I’m here to tell you: you are special. You are chosen. You are loved. You are holy. You are God’s. You have a purpose. You are living the life God wants you to lead.
- We should always be grateful God has called us into the light. When times are bad and circumstances are spinning out of control and we are feeling overwhelmed by all of these things in our lives that we can’t control, remember it could be worse; infinitely worse. You could be walking in the dark. For all of eternity. Praise Him now for his mercy and goodness.
You Are Special by Max Lucado introduced the world to the Wemmicks. For those of you who don’t know these delightful kids’ stories, I shall summarize. They are about a group of wooded people called the Wemmicks who all live in a village overlooked by a house on the hill where the a woodworker named Eli lives (Eli carved all the Wemmicks). We follow one in particular named Punchinello as he struggles through his daily life.
This story is about Wemmicks who either give you a star or a dot, a star being they approve of you; a dot being otherwise. Punchinello always receives dots so he’s depressed. He meets another Wemmick named Lucia who has no dots and he wonders why. She tells him to go and see Eli.
Eli explains: “I don’t care what the other Wemmicks think. What they think doesn’t matter, Punchinello. All that matters is what I think. And I think you are pretty special.”
Punchinello says he doesn’t understand.
“You will,” Eli says. “Just come to see me every day and let me remind you how much I care. And remember you are special because I made you. And I don’t make mistakes.”
It’s not hard to see the analogy to God here.
This is so what I needed to hear. It doesn’t matter what others think (my concern with others judging my writing). It only matters what God thinks and what God wants. And if you come to Him, you will know and understand.
Powerful story brought to a kids level that even adults get life truths from.