You: Weird? Or Wired?
Move one letter in the word ‘weird’ and you get the word ‘wired’. Pretty nifty, eh? But I think it also tells us a little something.
The way we are wired may very well be weird to other people. And you know what? That’s okay because they’re a little weird, too.
Take my anticipation for the upcoming National Novel Writing Month. To many people around me, it’s weird that I would willingly take on the task of writing a 50,000-word manuscript/random collection of words in 30 days. Why subject myself to such a crazy task with all I already do? Why do so without any sort of a cash prize? And why write a story people have yet to see? (I’m working on the latter, I truly am.)
It’s how I’m wired.
I like the challenge of starting with a notion of an idea, sitting in front of my computer, and figuring out how to grow the idea, move the characters and the plot along, and not be too much of a grump to be around in the process. And when I submit my story to have the word count verified and I make it with a nice word-count cushion? Oh, that’s the best feeling! At times, it has even elicited a victory dance.
Too often I (and maybe even you) have tried to fit myself into the box or the slot I thought other people wanted me to be in. It’s tight, it chafes, and plain doesn’t fit, but I’ve been persistent – foolishly so.
David wrote “. . . I am fearfully and wonderfully made . . .” (Psalm 139:14, NKJ). He tended sheep, killed lions and bears, used a stone and a slingshot to bring down a giant. I bet his family may have thought a time or two he was weird.
But we read it and see it’s how God wired him – his gifts, abilities and circumstances – to make him the man we read about hundreds of years later.
So how has God wired you?
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