You Are Special

you are special

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people,
that you may set forth the wonderful deeds
and display the virtues and perfections of Him
Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

1 Peter 2:9 AMP

“What does ‘special’ mean?” my 7-year-old granddaughter asked when I called her for her birthday and told her how special she is.

I told her “awesome,” and she knew what that meant. But after I hung up, she really got me to thinking… What does “special” actually mean?

As I looked through dictionaries, I found several descriptions: especially important or loved, held in particular esteem, designed for a particular purpose or occasion, unique, extraordinary, exceptional.

And just think, God calls us His “own purchased, special people.” We are so special to Him that He even purchased us with His own blood. We are especially important to Him. We are especially loved by Him. We are especially designed by Him for a particular purpose. We are unique. No one else in this whole wide world can match the special importance He places on each of us.

I have such a short memory when it comes to remembering this. I often tell other people they’re special, and I sincerely believe it. But when it comes to myself, I don’t always believe it means me, too.

I don’t know if you’ve ever read the children’s story by Max Lucado – I Am Special. If you haven’t, I hope you will. It applies to us as adults, too.

The Wemmicks are small wooden people created by a wood carver, Eli. They’re always sticking either stars or ugly, gray dots on each other. The pretty and talented ones always get stars. But the ones who have chipped paint or can do little get the gray dots.

Punchinello was covered in ugly, gray dots and was really down on himself, but Eli helped him to feel better about himself no matter what the other Wemmicks may think. He tells him, “You are special because I made you and I don’t make mistakes.” It was hard at first for Punchinello to believe it, but Eli said, “The more you trust my love, the less you care about their stickers.”

Perhaps in your life you’ve been told you’re a mistake. Perhaps you are covered with negative labels others have thought of you, labels that cling to you like leeches. But to God you are no mistake. And no matter what others think of you, God cherishes you just as you are. You are special!

As Punchinello realized how special he was in his wood carver’s eyes and how much Eli loved him, the ugly, gray dots began to slide off. The more grounded we become in our Master Craftsman’s great love for us, the less we will care about the labels others have pinned on us. The more we see ourselves as He sees us, the more we will view ourselves as a loved, special, and beautiful creation with a specific purpose in God’s plan.

“You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced.
You aren’t an assembly-line product.
You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted,
and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman.”
~ Max Lucado

Scripture Lullabies – Wonderfully Made (Hidden in My Heart)

Jesus, please help us to believe
how special we are to You!



Linking up with: 

Holley – Coffee For Your Heart 

Jennifer – Tell His Story 

Kelly – Cheerleaders of Faith

Bonnie – Faith Barista’s Beloved Brews

When Our Greatest Enemy Is Self-Condemnation

Broken Manicals
No Condemnation In Christ Jesus

Who is your greatest enemy? Is there someone or something in your life or heart that seeks “to injure, overthrow, or confound” you? That beats your heart and mind to a pulp and tosses you onto the “I am worthless” junk pile?

Do you feel degraded, humiliated, and condemned?  Take a deep breath and listen to God’s healing balm: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8). There is NO condemnation! When? Now. Why? Because Christ Jesus has already paid the price for all sins. Sins within us. Sins made against us. If we accept His freely-given love offering, there is NO condemnation. No matter how hotly any enemies rage against us and want to bring us down. They can never win, because Jesus already won eternal victory.

I used to think Satan, the father of all lies, is my worst enemy. And truly he is a powerful one. And oh, so dreadfully deceitful. He has no qualms about putting on the mask of a lamb if it will serve to raise himself and make us think less of Jesus. But I’m learning that sometimes my greatest enemy is my own self-condemnation. Sure, Satan has a hand in it and gets a thrill out of exploiting my vulnerable spots. But I can’t always blame him. I have the choice to choose, but I don’t always realize how often I choose against myself. Personalizing the questions towards the end of Romans 8, my default thought patterns answer:

If God is for (me), who can be against (me)?
I am.

Who will bring any charge against (you) whom God has chosen?
I do.

Who then is the one who condemns (you)?
I am.

Who shall separate (you) from the love of Christ?
I do.

This realization has deepened since I read God’s Heart for You: Embracing Your True Worth as a Woman. Holley Gerth writes a profound TRUTH:

“God has defeated our enemies, given us the victory, and made us more than conquerors. But because of free will, we can choose to be against ourselves. When we do so, we fight on the enemy’s side – whether we realize it or not.”

We can be our worst critics sometimes, not even realizing we’re fighting on the enemy’s side. God’s side is to be gentle with ourselves:

“When you wound yourself with words, it’s the same to God as if you were doing it to someone else in your life. Jesus said to love our neighbors as ourselves. That means all of the “one another” statements in Scripture (i.e., be kind to one another, encourage one another) apply in our relationship with ourselves too.” (You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You also by Holley Gerth)

Do you wound yourself with words? Are you kind to others but not to yourself?

Easier said than done though, right? When past negative voices and actions have hacked into our thought patterns, it takes so much effort to get up and running again. Jesus is the only and all-inclusive Viral Sweep to clean up and free our negative mindset. It’s all free grace, but He has given us a free will. He wants us to plug into His cleansing power.

One way is to replace the lies with TRUTH. To keep reminding ourselves over and over and over again that there is NO condemnation in Christ Jesus. To let Jesus’ answer to the questions sink and take deep root in our hearts:

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)

To let this TRUTH uproot all those self-condemning weeds that have overgrown and taken over our minds. To let this TRUTH find permanent soil in our hearts. TRUTH with ever-growing roots downward, stronger and stronger so the negative thoughts have no place to go but out.

Our “I am worthless” needs to be resurrected from that junk pile with an “I am valuable in Jesus.” Through Him we can conquer all enemies, including our “against me” thoughts.

A Child's Trust

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“Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall” – Body Image and Self Esteem


“Mirror, mirror, on the wall? Who is fairest of them all?” The wicked queen in Snow White thought she was so beautiful, but many who suffer from low self-esteem go to their mirrors and see distorted body images: I’m fat. I’m ugly. I hate my figure.

Our society is obsessed with outward looks. Fashion magazines, commercials, and other media are filled with air-brushed, unrealistic photos of women with outward beauty and slim figures. And men are portrayed as lean with muscular arms and six-pack abs.

All this media of what society calls “perfect” plays on our minds. Teens especially start thinking in order to be successful in life, they need to look like them. When I was a teen, I remember the pressure of being a “Twiggy,” a fitting nickname for a skinny model whose arms and legs looked like twigs. But with increased digital media, I think teens today have even greater pressure to conform. Instead of being happy with who they see in the mirror, they feel like they will never look good enough. Both media and peers, and sometimes even family members, pierce arrows of “you aren’t enough” barbs into their hearts.

Some teens even sink into bulimia and anorexia, eating disorders that often develop because of low self-esteem, poor body image, pressure to conform, or the trauma of abuse. A study done with 1000 Girl Scouts between the age of 13 and 17 produced sad results:

One in three girls said they have starved themselves or refused to eat in an effort to lose weight, while almost half said they knew someone their age who has forced themselves to throw up after eating. More than a third said they know someone who has been diagnosed with an eating disorder.

In another study of teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18, data concluded that there are more than half a million teens with an eating disorder. Sadly, many are not being treated, and many have depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.

Teens need to hear repeatedly how special they are just as they are. God has created each of us with a unique body style and individual personalities. Yes, we have to take care of ourselves, but we don’t have to look like models. He loves us just as we are. He doesn’t think we’re ugly or fat. He is enthralled by our beauty.

The wicked queen in Snow White didn’t realize that what made Snow White so much more beautiful was the beauty in her heart. And that’s what God cares about. God focuses on developing our inner beauty through the love of Jesus so it will reflect in everything we do and who we are.

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