I was named “Person of the Year” by Time magazine (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1569514,00.html)
Wow! Won’t that look good on our resume?
As I was reflecting on the implications of Time magazine’s choice of You . . . I mean Us . . . as Person of the Year, I was reminded of a scene from the Disney movie The Incredibles and comments on that scene I read in the National Review:
“While public schools across America are eliminating honor rolls and honors classes to spare the tender esteem of low achievers, Bob Parr (a.k.a. Mr. Incredible) gripes that, ‘They keep inventing new ways to celebrate mediocrity.’ Young Dash wants to go out for sports, but his parents have discouraged him, because his superpowers would reveal the family’s secret. And maybe it wouldn’t be fair? ‘Dad says our powers make us special,’ he protests to his mom. ‘Everyone is special, Dash,’ Helen says. ‘Which is another way of saying no one is,’ Dash mutters.”—Frederica Mathewes-Green, National Review
I believe that we are all special in that we are all made in God’s image, but I also believe that–although we are all special–we must decide to be extraordinary.
Let me give you an example by reminding you of two men we read about in the Bible. One is a rich young man who is a good law-abiding person (Matthew 19:16-22) and the other is a good fisherman (Matthew 4:18-20).
Both are called to follow Jesus.
Peter decided to follow Jesus, but the rich young man chose to walk away.
Both were special, but only one was extraordinary.
One disappears into the dark shadows of history, while the other becomes an Apostle, the evangelist at Pentecost, New Testament author, and a key leader in the Church.
One walked away “sad”, while the other walked on water.
We are all special. No doubt about it. That was up to God.
But, whether, or not, we get out of the boat and try to walk on water is an entirely different matter.