“You are special, special, everyone is special, everyone in his or her own way.”
My girls were watching Barney yesterday morning, and the ‘special’ song came on. Then I heard Barney explain “You are the only you in the whole wide world.”
Barney is just a kids show I know–but he reflects the culture’s emphasis on ‘being the only you’ and that ‘everyone is special in his or her own way!’ Nothing wrong with good old fashioned self-worth and a healthy bit of individuality, but why are we not ‘special’ because of the family we belong to or because of the community we are a part of? (Or, of course, because we belong to the Body of Christ?) Why am I only special when I am me?
We are made for the whole, not for ourselves. We were created for communion with God and our fellows, not for self-esteem or self-anything!