I’m different. Just ask my bride. I like being different. I don’t want to be like you….or anyone else. If there were two ways of doing something, or two roads to take….I’d opt for the rough road. It’s not always been an easy ride, but it’s the ride that I became accustom to. It became my NORMAL.
Example: When I was coming up through the ranks…I never took a vacation… or a lunch period. I worked 60 hours per week, 52 weeks a year. Saturday was just another work day. I was 32 went I graduated college, and didn’t bother to go to graduation exercises….I chose to work. This, I admit… I’ve since regretted.
I started wearing a coat and tie to high-school in my senior year, and have worn one every workday since. No “sloppy-Joe” attire for me. I want to stand out… I want to be noticed. Because of my work ethics… I have been consistently chosen for promotion over co-workers who were all college grads, MBA’s, and CPA’s. Why? Because I worked circles around them. They were too busy planning their next coffee break or vacation. My senior management knew my background… and rewarded me with many opportunities.
I’ve always had to “prove” myself, even until this day. When others would say….”that can’t be done” …. My job was to prove that it could. It was ‘no different’ when I started my own business. I had to prove to the bankers… the competition, even to my own family… that I could do what others could not do, failed to do… or refused to do.
It may sound egotistical…but I considered myself…SPECIAL. I felt that God gave me a “special-tool-box.” He gave me special opportunities, special gifts…and a special attitude. God expected MORE from me, because He gave me MORE. I learned… it’s not what you have…it’s what you do… with what you have.
I’ve made my share of mistakes, errors, and even…a few failures. My faults… make me STRONGER, more COMMITTED, more TANACIOUS… with better results. But listen …I always felt like God was at my side…directing me, encouraging me, loving me, and helping me. I’m not self-made…..I am God-Made. I am SPECIAL because God made me in his likeness. We are told in Genesis 1:27 – God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
ALL of us are UNIQUELY SPECIAL. Remember: God knew us before we were in our Mother’s womb…as said in: Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” How plain can it get?
All of man-kind is SPECIAL. There is one thing that is abundantly clear—God’s command is God’s enablement. If God commands us to do something (such as witnessing, love the unloved, disciple the nations, and to SERVE others), He will enable us to do it. Some may not be as gifted at evangelism as others, but God commands all Christians to witness and disciple (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). God promises that as we make Him our delight, He will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4-5). This would surely include preparing us to serve Him in a way that will bring us purpose and satisfaction.