Ever felt like the odd one in the room? Like when God handed out personalities or abilities, you got the weird one?
You are not alone!
My weirdness is the way my brain emphasizes words in sentences. For example, when I got a discouraging letter one evening a few weeks ago, the next day when I read my Bible app, the verse was Hebrews 11:1, which reads:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen.”
I’m going to guess that most people read this as a verse about faith. To me, that morning, the verse was about “now.”
NOW that you’ve had a hit to your confidence. . .
NOW that someone disagrees with you. . .
NOW that you feel like a complete goober. . .
Because faith isn’t faith until something about NOW smacks our life upside the head and we choose to grab onto what’s not yet.
That one isn’t so weird, you might say. Lots of people read Scripture differently based on the situations in which we find ourselves. OK, but do they do it with everything they read? Even people’s names?
Seeing words and sentences like this has always made me feel a little odd or misunderstood. Sometimes it’s shut me down, eroded my confidence, made me feel stupid or like something was wrong with me.
Ever been there?
You’re not alone. People have been struggling with their weirdness (what makes them different and unique) for a while. The Apostle Paul wrote about this issue way back in the first century AD! He said we as God’s people are like a body, and that “God has placed the parts [us] in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be” (2 Corinthians 12:18, NIV).
Paul wrote that at a time when “parts” meant parts we could see—arms, legs, head, eyes, etc. Today, though, we know a little more. Like that there are 3.72 x 1013 cells in our body that do thousands of very different—and crucial—jobs.
That is a LOT of parts! And all of them are needed for us to function as a planet.
My word weirdness helps me see connections and truths others sometimes miss. Your unique traits might make you a great listener, a gentle spirit, an adventurer, a goofball, a math whiz, a deep thinker or a trash-to-treasure creative genius.
We are still, all these years later, hand-picked by God to do jobs that reveal a bit of God’s glory to a world that sorely needs it.
Question: What is weird or unique about you? What if you asked God to show you what He meant when He gave you that gift to live for Him?
A speaker and certified Christian Life Coach, Laurie Wallin lives in Southern California with her husband, Gary, their four children, and their two precocious cats. Laurie’s book Why Your Weirdness is Wonderful, tells us “it’s in our weirdness that God’s perfection exists.”
Sources: “An Estimation of the Number of Cells in the Human Body.” Annals of Human Biology, November-December 2013, Vol. 40, No. 6 , Pages 463-471.