Different, Not Bad

Source : http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=9155...

"Hi, Mom." Mike greeted his mother, who was sitting on a crate in the garage. "What are you going to do with all those carrots?" he asked.

"I'm going to freeze them," replied Mom. She grinned. "I'm glad you're home. You can help me wash and peel them and cut them up," she added as she tossed the top of a carrot into a bucket. "How was school today?"

"Terrible! I don't fit in!" grumbled Mike. "I'm not smart or cool or good at sports like the other guys. The kids think I'm weird, and they're right."

"Mike! That's not true--and I don't believe the kids think so, either!" exclaimed Mom. "You may have different interests than many of them, but that's okay." She picked up a carrot. "I planted a new kind of carrot," she said. "These are supposed to be especially sweet, but they're odd-looking. So many are twisted, and they're harder to peel." She tossed the whole carrot into the basket with the carrot tops and picked up another one. "Do you think I should have stuck with the old kind? This one's crooked, too. Most of them are, but I guess I can't throw them all out."

"Don't they taste good?" asked Mike.

"I haven't actually tried one," admitted Mom.

"I'll eat one," said Mike. "I like carrots."

"Okay," agreed Mom, "but wash it first."

Mike went to wash the carrot. "These really are sweet!" he declared when he returned. "Don't throw them away just because they're different! They're good! Here . . . try it."

Mom took the carrot he held out. "You're right," she said after taking a bite. "These taste really good even though they're different and harder to peel." She smiled at Mike. "These carrots remind me of you, honey."

"Mom! " he protested. "I'm not orange. And I'm not crooked, either!"

"You said you don't fit in at school because you have different interests than many of the kids," Mom explained. "Don't forget that different doesn't mean bad. God has different plans for everybody. He has a special plan for you, Mike. Find ways to serve Him with the abilities and talents He gave you. Living out God's purpose for your life will bring you more joy than fitting in would."

"Okay." Mike grinned. "Want to share another carrot?" he asked.

How About You?
Do you worry because you don't seem to fit in with other kids? You don't need to feel that way. If the things that interest you are different from those that interest most of the kids, that's okay. God has given you whatever abilities you need to follow His great plan for your life. Ask Him to help you discover and develop those talents. Serve God through art, music, sports, helping others, being a friend, or in whatever area He has gifted you.

Today's Key Verse:
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them. (Romans 12:6)

Today's Key Thought:
God can use you