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!

  1. Jacqueline Kersten says:

    Karen, Thank you thank you for your words. I woke up today feeling very useless, undirected, old and frankly wanting to pull the covers over my head and stay in bed all day. Then by reading your blog, teary eyed I might add, I remembered that God has blessed me with so many wonderful things in my life and that you are one of them. Then a friend called and described just what I had been feeling for myself which reminded me that I am not alone in my crazy thoughts and she looked to me for help.

    So your blog has taught me today that all is well and I am at 9:13 am today going to do at least one special thing for myself. I want to be still and hear the voice of my God and Angels. I know that there is a message for me that will create beauty for the rest of the day. Thank you my friend for being my friend. You are a beautiful example of God’s blessings for me. Light and Love, Jackie

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