I had an interesting dream last night. I want to share it with you. But first –
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A white feather has often been associated with disgrace, cowardice, or shame. The tradition of giving a white feather is questionable – especially when given unjustly. Yet, even when deserved, it’s hard to bear disgrace in life. To be misunderstood. To wonder what went wrong. To be judged. Justly accused. Or falsely accused.
Raise a normal, healthy kid? Is that still possible these days?
I imagine you started parenting like me:
Years ago when I was a teenager, I heard a song that touched my heart. The words of the chorus went like this –
“All He wants is you. No one else will do. Not just a part – He wants all of your heart. All He wants is all of you. All He wants is you!“
And no one sang that song like Frank! Tears ran down his face as he poured out his heart and this song into the listening ears of the teens at summer camp.
People can’t readily trust others these days. In fact, if they are truly honest, they can’t even fully trust themselves. Deep down, they know their perspective may be skewed and their judgment could be flawed.
God has chosen you to be His precious child. His friend. His family heir. You are very special to God – not because of various unique aspects of who you are, but because God has decided it is so. This eliminates the “performance issues” most people seem to have. Too often when you figure out the unique aspects that make you “you,” it is tempting to think it is those things that make you special. God does not see you that way. He simply decided you are special to Him.
This undeserved honor is the seed He planted in you when He created you to be “you.” God sees you with grace.
On a scale of 1 – 10, where would you mark your level of gratitude? (10 – lots. 1 – not so much.) Does your score depend on your mood? Your circumstances? Your health? Your level of fatigue? By practicing 2 things, you can push your score closer to a 10.
I know a ghost story. It’s true! And all I know is this: if it had been ME – I would have been scared out of my mind! Just imagining myself in the story sends shivers up my back.