Have you ever admired someone for their abilities?
Olympic gymnast amaze me. Their strength and flexibility is awe-striking; the way they can flip, balance, and contort. I know they work at it, but there has to be some God given ability there as well. I have never been able to do a handstand or a cartwheel. I believe if God wanted me to be upside down he would have made me that way.
I also admire our local triathletes. Did you know they swim 2.4 miles, sometimes in the ocean! Then they jump on a bike and ride 112 miles, THEN they run 26.2 miles! Wow, I will never be you. I have never been that strong of a swimmer or cyclist, and I am still working on running only a half marathon.
Dolly Parton is another person I admire. Her longevity in the entertainment world has been so consistent. She seems to have it all – cute as a bug, sweet voice, sense of humor, humble values, genuine, business sense, married for like – forever, strong faith in God, successful career, and a giving heart that brings us Dollywood. I will never be her.
There is a saying: “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” Some say it was quoted by Dr. Seuss; he is another person I admire.
I may never be an Olympic-caliber athlete, a successful entertainer, or an author, but I am sure I have my own talents. I have a passion for helping others. It is my God’s calling. In my profession, I feel I have made a difference in others’ lives. I will never be you, but I will always be me.
Luke 12:7 tells us “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” That is how uniquely made we all are. I will never be you, and you will never be me. We are all individual in our own gifts.
We are all valuable. Think of the times you have been there for your children, friend, family member, co-worker, or partner. In the book of Matthew in Chapters 6, 10 and 12, there are numerous passages about how valuable we are to God. He makes us unique so we may reach out to others in different ways.
I will never be you; however, I am sure you are admired by many, even if you do not know it.
Linda Yearout is a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist at Hope's Place.