I was in the chorus when I was in 3rd grade. I remember one of our concerts being 70’s themed. The chorus instructor had told us young ladies our attire was to be poodle skirts with black shirts. My mom is an amazing artist and seamstress, well she is just crafty period. We didn’t have the money to buy a poodle skirt, so my mom made me this AWESOME authentic poodle skirt. It was the real deal. I was pretty excited about it, until I showed up at the concert and all the other girls skirts looked different than mine. Their skirts all looked the same, but they looked faked. But for some reason, I was embarrassed. It wasn’t because my mom didn’t do a great job, it was because I didn’t look like everyone else. I never once thought about how much more unique mine was, or how much others probably admired my skirt, I just wanted to fit in and look like everyone else. I don’t remember my mom’s reaction, or if she even knew that I felt that way. But if she did, I bet it would have hurt her feelings. All the hard work she put into making me something special and I took it for granted.
Now, let’s look at our lives now. How many times do you feel out of place or embarrassed because you don’t look, have, or act like someone else? How many times do we put ourselves down because we compare ourselves to others too much. How do you think that makes our creator feel? He worked hard to make us uniquely different and special and instead of letting the world admire his work, we hide it away behind a mask of fear. The fear of being different.
Don’t hide yourself. Don’t worry about being different. Your difference is what makes a difference in this world. Put on your poodle skirt that was made for you and let the world admire!