Abnormally-Normal: I’ve touched on this subject on a number of occasions over the last two years, so….some will be familiar with the term…ABNORMALLY-NORMAL. What I attempt to say here….is…being Abnormal, for me, is my NORMAL.
In other words…I’m different. Just ask my bride. I like being different. I don’t like to be someone that I’m not. I don’t want to be you….or anyone else. If there were two ways of doing something, or two roads to take….I took the rough road. It hasn’t been an easy ride, but it’s the ride that I became accustom to. It became my normal.
Here’s an example: When I was coming up through the ranks…I never took a vacation. I never took a lunch period. I never worked a 40 hour week. I worked 60 hours per week, 52 weeks a year. Working Saturday was just another day for me; except, I usually tried to leave the office by 1PM. Most of the peer group I worked with did not know that I had not completed college. I was 32 went I graduated, and didn’t bother to go to graduation exercises….I chose to work. If I had gone to graduation, then “they” would find out that I had not gone to college. I was Corporate Controller, and it wouldn’t look good for “them” to know that their boss had not yet completed college. Besides, it wasn’t their business.
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 wanted to stand out… I wanted to be noticed. I have been consistently chosen for promotion over co-workers who were all college grads, MBA’s, and CPA’s. The reason why? Because I worked circles around all the rest. They were too busy planning their next work break. Of course, my senior management knew my background, and gave me those opportunities because I deserved them.
I not only “worked harder;” I worked longer; and too the jobs that no one else would do. I’ve always had to “prove” myself, even until this day. When someone else said….”that can’t be done that way;” …. Well, I was out to prove that it could be done. And, when I went into business for myself, it was the same thing…all over again. I had to prove to the bankers, and the competition, even to my own family… that I could do what others could not do, or failed to do.
It will sound crazy to you…but I considered myself…SPECIAL. I felt like, and STILL do today, that God gave me a “special-tool-box.” He gave me special opportunities, special gifts, and the “get-it-done-at-all-costs” attitude. I knew that He expected MORE from me, because He gave me MORE. I learned… that 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…eh…eh…failures. They (my faults) all make me STRONGER, more COMMITTED, more TANACIOUS, and more RESULTS orientated. 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.
The reason that I am SPECIAL is that God made me in his likeness. We are told so 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. Did you notice that it said…God created MAN in His own Image? It doesn’t say…Charles Brooks…but MAN. That would be “you and me.”
We ALL are UNIQUELY SPECIAL…remember too; 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. …Blessings…cjlb…1/19/15