I read the story of “Sparky” who flunked most of his subjects in high-school. He was not good at sports but finally made the golf team and then lost the only game of the season. He was shy, awkward, a social outcast, and a loner. In high school he never once asked a girl for a date. Drawing became his obsession. He enjoyed his artwork, but no one else seemed to appreciate it. His submitted cartoons for the yearbook were rejected. After high school he sent his artwork to Disney. It was again rejected. But “Sparky” did not quit. He finally decided to write his autobiography in cartoons. The popularity of his cartoons led to books, television, and movies that still continue.“Sparky” was Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip. He portrayed himself as “Charlie Brown” who was unable to succeed at anything. He never once kicked the football, or dated the red-headed girl. Charles Schulz decided to use his “abilities” to succeed. You may feel like a “Charlie Brown. Realize you are unique. When you try to be who you are not, it will only bring insecurities and failures. It has been said, “Be who you is cuz if you ain’t who you is then you is who you ain’t.” Use your God-given gifts and abilities. The Lord only expects you to do what you can. “For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath (abilities), and not according to that he hath not” (II Cor. 8:12). What is “it” that you “hath?” Don’t worry about what you “hath not.” When you become “you,” using what you “hath,” you will enjoy and fulfill your life. You are unique, so when you fail, get back up. A failure is not someone who fails but someone who quits. So seek to become who you is, not who you ain’t. You may find in you a “Sparky” waiting to become “Charlie Brown.” Let the Lord use you. It is amazing what God does with ordinary people. The Lord can do for you what you cannot do for yourself. You will be glad you did and so will the Lord. You and Charlie Brown are both You-nique!
Thot: You can never lift some up by putting them down.