Monday, October 18, 2010

Dots and Stars

I wrote a guest post for Critty Joy's blog and it live today!  Please check out my post on her blog and please spend time reading some of her posts. She is such a gracious girl, with a beautiful spirit, and a passionate heart for Jesus. I am so blessed to know her and I know you will be, too.

Here's a teaser --

Max Lucado wrote a children’s book entitled You are Special.  The basic premise of the book is this:  You are special because God made you and nothing that anybody says or doesn’t say can change that simple fact. 
I think this adult needs this lesson just as much as kids.
If you don’t know the story, Punchinello spends the first part of the book despondent because the other Wemmicks (the wooden people all made by Eli) continually place gray dot stickers on him because his faults, his failures, his never-measure-ups.  He longs to have someone, anyone, give him a golden star instead.  The people who receive stars are those who are the models of perfection.  They are the ones who achieve, who are beautiful, who are successful in all they do.  He tarries on this way until he meets Lucia.  Lucia does not have any stickers, not because people don’t give them to her, but because they don’t stick. In short, she does not internalize worldly acclamation or condemnation. She simply relies on her Father to supply for her a sense of worth.
I am not like Lucia.  
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  1. I am familiar with this book. I remember reading it and thinking how covered with gray dots I was. Mostly self-imposed. I am working hard to have the right view of God so that I can see myself through His eyes.

  2. I love this book! I hadn't thought about it in a long time, and it always made me cry. Thank you for reminding me that I am to focus on God and how He sees me, not the world or my own flesh. Thanks for listening to God so others can hear him too.

  3. I love that you blogged about this book. Carter loves this book, and every time I read it, I have the same thoughts you do. We tend to focus on the gray dots, and we put a lot of stock in what other's think of us (our stars). You know you are not replaceable in the Bible Study, Jen. Without you, there never would have been a Bible Study. Four faithful years is a long time. Now you've moved on to other positions of service in the church where you can serve even more people. That's where you belong. Look at the carnival you just planned! Wow! You prayed for someone to step up, and they did. Everything was taken care of so you wouldn't have to worry because your friends love you. I hope I've just given you enough stars for the day, but you don't need my stars. God says, "Well done my good and faithful servant." That is all that should matter. Thank you for reminding me of that as well.

  4. Good morning, Jen! I am so pleased to read this post because I just started wrestling with that same issue yesterday -- that is, I just became aware that I had drifted toward depending on my accomplishments and people's feedback for my sense of worth. Thank you, once again, for your honest and well-expressed insights.

  5. What a great post, Jen. I really needed to hear this today. Thank you, friend!

  6. This is so good. I am processing it, so I don't have any profound or well thought comment, besides: thank you for sharing. I can relate.

  7. Seriously Jen, this post is speaking to me loud and clear tonight -- I just wrote a draft of a post along these same lines...and this helps give clarity to that subject...and it helps me figure how God is, and should be, involved. Thank you!

  8. I love Max Lucado's books...written for children, but oh, so applicable to adults! Thank you for the gentle reminder that God loves me, unconditionally! If I just make sure that what I'm doing pleases Him, that is all that matters!

    Have a great day, Jennifer!

  9. Jen,
    Bouncing over to finish reading!


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