Special Is As Special Does

My friend has a son who’s “special”. She adopted him as an infant knowing, because of some issues his mom had, there could be something wrong. He’s now grown into a sweet loving, and caring young man who never meets a stranger.

He was talking about his birth mother, and was telling me, in his own special way, how she was a ‘dope head’ and that was probably the reason he had problems. He went on to say that, he thought he had seen on tv, that if he smoked marijuana it might reverse those issues. Of course we laughed. Just the way he said it was funny. The sad part to me was the fact that he was serious.

I’ve thought about that conversation a lot since then. He would love to reverse the effects of what his mom did. He’s fully aware that he’s different, and that he has limitations that others don’t. As funny as his comment was, my heart broke for him.

I think we all have things in our lives we would like to reverse. Things that happened to us. Things we’ve done. Things we should’ve done, but didn’t. All those things have lasting effects, not just on us, but on everyone around us. If only it were as simple as smoking a joint!

The good news is, with God, all things are possible! There may be consequences to the things we do, but God throws our sins as far as the east is to the west and remembers them no more! When He looks at us, He sees us all as “special” and gives us the grace we need.

We may see my friend’s son as way different from most people, but I’m sure, that through the eyes of Christ, he’s no different from any of us. We all have things that need reversing. We all, at times, need extra helpings of grace. We all have struggles and things that make us different. That’s what makes us human. That’s what makes us need a savior! And I’m sure that we’ve all had moments when we’d just like to smoke a joint and hit the rewind button!

The question we need to ask ourselves is, like my friend’s son, are we aware that we’re different? Are we aware of our shortcomings, or do we think we have it all together? None of us have ‘arrived’, and we never will this side if heaven. We need to look at every person through the eyes of love, just like Jesus does us!

I have not yet received all of those things. I have not yet been made perfect. But I move on to take hold of what Christ Jesus took hold of me for.
Brothers and sisters, I don’t consider that I have taken hold of it yet. But here is the one thing I do. I forget what is behind me. I push hard toward what is ahead of me. I move on toward the goal to win the prize. God has appointed me to win it. The heavenly prize is Christ Jesus himself.
All of us who are grown up in the faith should see things that way. Maybe you think differently about something. But God will make it clear to you. Philippians 3:12-15

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