We Are Special!

daisyOver the weekend, I rewatched some of the final episodes of the 2nd season of the wonderful “Downton Abbey.”   It was fun to see the storylines again!  And, I cannot wait until the new season starts in January!!!

This is a great show about Lord and Lady Crawley, their children, other family members and friends, and their servants.  It has “upstairs” characters and “downstairs” characters.   Have you watched it?  If not, you should tune in when PBS starts the new season next month.

One line that I heard on the show gave me pause.  Daisy is the kitchen maid and on the bottom of the totem pole in the downstairs staff.  She is often treated very badly and like the bottom rung person that she is.  That in itself is sometimes hard to watch.

Although she is treated so poorly, she proudly and honorably does her work as all of the downstairs staff does.  They all seem content to be at their station in life, although she is ready for some changes and tries to make them happen.

She said, “I have never been special to anyone.”  Isn’t that sad?  I know that it is a character giving a line but I couldn’t help but think there may be real people out there who feel that way.  That truly made me sad.

Everyone is special and should be treated as such.  The Lord above gave each and every one of us unique gifts and talents.  I hope that you know that about yourself!!

For many years, the word special has been used in a more derogatory meaning or as a joke.  Like the Church Lady on “Saturday Night Live” used to say, “Isn’t that special?”  That was funny but has changed the meaning of the word.

According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, “Special” is defined as “distinguished by some unusual quality; especially : being in some way superior <our special blend>: or held in particular esteem.”

We use the term “special needs student” for a child who learns a little bit differently or may need extra help with school work or reading.  And there are the Special Olympics, which are an amazing opportunity for students to compete in sports and feel what it is like to be on a team.

I am fortunate to have parents, aunts and uncles, and grandparents and other precious adults who told me and showed me that I was special.  I always felt that way as well as loved.  That is something I am truly grateful for.

Now that I am a parent, I am teaching and showing Ian that he is special.  Actually Kirk and I are doing that together as his parents.  This is important to us as parents that he learns that he is loved, cared and provided for, and special to us.

I hope and pray that you too feel special!  Please remember that all of us are special to Jesus.  He loves us and wants us to know what it is like to be loved and truly valued.

My prayer is that you too feel special and loved and valued!  And, I also pray that we help others in our life realize how special they are to us!  Let us share that love!!