Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
Perhaps you know someone that you think is “a few fries short of a Happy Meal,” or “a few bricks short of a full load.” The tendency is for us to look at the those people with disdain and with a sneer on our face and wonder how they got so “weird.” Often those types of people are laughed at and ridiculed by the crowd that thinks it’s cool. Our first impulse many times is to join in the fun and add our insults to the hurt that has already been slung in the direction of that one who was unfortunate enough to be born the way God created him.
But before you team up in the ridicule of peculiar, I want you to consider a few things. First of all, before God formed that person in the belly, He knew them, just like He knew you. In His wisdom, He chose to give you the talents and the abilities you have; and in His wisdom, He chose to withhold some of those talents and abilities from others. Did God make a mistake? Of course not, but then why do we act as if He did? God does not make “throw away” people. He never creates someone that He wishes He could go back and change. Since God makes no mistakes, then He has created that individual as uniquely as He has created you, and that person is filling the place that God created for Him since the beginning of time.
Secondly, consider that perhaps God brought that person into your life so you could become a friend and a comforter to the one whom everyone else chooses to laugh at. Instead of joining the “in” crowd, join that one who has probably been made fun of most of his life, see things from his perspective. Chances are he will open up to you, and you will find that he is a much different person than you thought he was.
Lastly, consider how blessed you are to have the things that you do have, physically or mentally. You had nothing to do with how you were created, and just because God created you with a different set of abilities doesn’t mean that you are any more important to God.
It is true that some people choose to be “weird” because they enjoy the attention that comes, even if it is negative attention. Often a person like that is only looking for someone to notice them and to give them a hand of friendship. If not, it is still best to smile, say a kind word, and then move on. At any rate, if you consider yourself “normal,” then be thankful for what you have and be a friend to those who do not.
Quote of the day: “A person who is nice to you but is not nice to the waiter is not a nice person.”