It started with a t-shirt.
I saw it in a store full of other t-shirts bearing brand logos and characters. I wasn't even a fan then, but something about that blue shirt beckoned me to buy it, and that was the start of a long and lovely relationship with the Pillsbury Doughboy.
It quickly became common knowledge in school that I was a huge Doughboy fan; it wasn't difficult when earrings, a necklace, a couple keychains, and more shirts were added to my collection.
Mrs. Doughboy, some called me!
One day when my ninth grade English teacher, Mrs. Montgomery, gave me a small paper bag one day, saying she'd found something at her house that made her think of me. I was surprised to open the bag and find a model of the Doughboy, several inches tall, with a little stand to keep him upright. Now that was awesome!
What really stayed with me all these years later was that Mrs. Montgomery had thought of me. I wasn't anything special; I was a good student, but the good ones are forgettable. She knew I liked the Doughboy; she found a rubber Doughboy in her house; she thought of me and brought it to me. I was special.
It doesn't take much, does it? To feel special. To know that someone is thinking of you. To know that you are worth a little extra time and effort.
You know where this is going—the ultimate “You are special!” message was sent on the cross that Good Friday two millenia ago when God sent his son to bear the weight of our sins so we could spend eternity with him in heaven. How much more special than that can you get? You probably know John 3:16—God so LOVED us.
You are special! We are so undeserving of any goodness from God because of our sinful condition, but we were still special enough for Christ to die for us.
God also tells us to not worry; we are so much more special than anything else he created:
We all need to be told we're special sometimes. It's surprisingly easy to forget how important such a simple phrase can be and how important it is to both say it and hear it. In the words of Veggie Tales' Bob the Tomato, “God made you special, and he loves you very much!”
How have you been made to feel special lately? And how can you make someone else feel special?
See You In The Round!
*Scripture quotations are from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.