Genesis 1:31 (NLV)
“God saw all that He made and it was very good.”
Cooper, my 9 year old, came home yesterday, walk in the door, and said, ‘I’m stressed.’ Oh man, this isn’t a good sign and of course deep inside of me I was dying to say, dude, this is just the beginning of stress. I stepped back and was like, well, that would really put a damper on a good convo I could have, so I refrained. And then I said to myself, you sound like a stinking old person saying something like that. Now, may I remind you this was all in my head. Many voices do I have conversations with my friends, hahaha. I digress, once again, let me continue. I was like, babe, what happened. Come to find that he was picked at math to answer some questions, he didn’t know any of them, and of course everyone else did. Math isn’t Cooper thang. Just can’t get it so nothing like getting picked to answer a question on the second day of school. Tears started, then words like, I’m never gonna get it. I just can’t do it. I’m just stupid. UGH!!!!! This reminded me so so so much of me growing up. School was NOT my thang either. Like at all. I had to work my butt off just to get a C sometimes. Now, I’m sure there were many times I could’ve worked harder but my confidence was already shot and everyone around me assumed I couldn’t get it so I just went with it. I was, and still do, work on the creative side of my brain and that whole other side, yea, I think there may be some bats and spiders hanging from it. It wasn’t until later in life that I realized how special I was with the gifts I had. I felt super stupid up until that point. You play it off when you are young and go with what people are saying. Play into it ya know? I turned into the funny girl to be around or the one that could sing or play etc. As I look back, it wasn’t truth and that’s what I began to tell Cooper. Just because their are things that others can get easily, and school may be one of them, doesn’t define you as stupid. It doesn’t make you any less than anyone else in this world. I know you can all relate to some degree, right?
What God has placed inside of you and what drives you today is not on purpose. We easily assume that something like being smart is the end all in this life. I used to tell people that I may not be book smart but I’m super street smart. Here’s what I’m trying to say. I stepped back from this convo and considered the world we live in today. Where things are so measured. Smart or Stupid. Good or Bad. Ugly or Beautiful. They don’t get to decide. All these peeps around us, they don’t get a say. God stepped away from His creation that He made and said, ‘This is good.’ Even the bees, spiders, ants, things that completely annoy us but are needed. It’s all good. There’s a purpose.
We all of some unique qualities that are completely different from the next person. That doesn’t make one of us better than the next. Instead, it totally makes this world that He created good. It makes it beautiful. It makes it work. It brings color into this amazing place we live. Now go and be creative, fun, smart…..be You.
“Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re brave enough to be yourself.”