I don’t know about you, but there are days when I feel like a Walmart, blue-light special. Just come on over, because by the time you find me among all the other boxes on the shelf, the price will have dropped. After all, there were just too many to sell well, the product has lost its usefulness and frankly, it’s just too old to be of value, so it’s been marked down. Yes, there’s a big yellow sticker right in the middle of my forehead.
But then, there are other days, less frequent I’ll confess, when I feel more like an incredible painting hanging in the Louvre with a soft light shining on my face, people stopping by to study my style and design and noting my uniqueness. A few even stand in awe at my Creator for the work that He has clearly accomplished. Those moments aren’t quite as regular as the Walmart variety, but they do happen and they do remind me of one thing.
Whether I feel like a marked down product in Filene’s Basement, or a master work on exhibit in a prestigious museum, the truth remains that I really am still exactly the same as God designed me. In fact, He only ever sees me one way. I’m His beloved child, His original design, His brilliant workmanship. His perception of me doesn’t change.
So what can I do about the perception deception that I put myself through on a daily basis? What can I do when I feel like no one particularly cares about original designs, they simply want me to fit in and be like everyone else? What if there is simply no market for my originality?
It’s simple really. I have to go back to my Designer and rest there for a little bit. I have to sit in His Presence while He reminds me just what it is He created me for, what joy He had in making me see the world from the perspective He gave me. I have to hear Him laugh at my efforts and allow Him to hold me close again and fill me with the awe that what I am is not only okay, but it’s perfectly what He wanted me to be. Oh, sure, He’s always hoping I’ll get ever clearer about knowing that there’s more to come as I gain understanding of my original purpose. But more than that, He always wants me to know that I’m not a bargain basement kind of girl, but I’m a detailed, perfectly scaled, originally drafted, intentionally crafted work of His hands.
Judy Garland once said, “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of somebody else.” So whatever you’re doing today, remember you’re the Designer version, an original, priceless beyond measure. Be yourself…it’s your truth and your calling!
As Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)
Oh, and about you? I know there’s not a bargain basement variety among you! You’re each a grand masterpiece…a total work of art…and a total work of heart and nothing could be better than that!