You Are Special by Max Lucado This is an absolutely precious book! It's about a village of Wemmicks who are wooden people carved by a woodworker named Eli. Each Wemmick has a different shape, size, talent, and style, but they were all created by the same carver and all live in the village.
All the Wemmicks walk around giving each other stickers for various things. Someone can receive Stars for being talented, pretty, having smooth wood or saying something smart. Someone can receive Dots for scratched wood, falling down or not having lots of talents.
Punchinello is a Wemmick who has lots of dots and doesn't like going around the other Wemmicks because he knows they'll just find reasons for giving him more dots. Punchinello has convinced himself he's not a good Wemmick because he has so many dots.
However, Punchinello meets a Wemmick who has no stickers at all - no dots or stars. Other Wemmicks try to give her stickers, but they won't stick. Punchinello wants to know more, and she tells him to go see Eli, the woodworker.
Punchinello works up enough nerve to visit Eli's workshop and Eli is so happy to see him! Eli looks Punchinello over and tells him he's special despite all the dots on his body. Eli continues "You're special because you're mine. That's why you matter to me".
Eli explains further that stickers only stick if they matter to Punchinello, but if Punchinello trusts Eli's love, the less he'll care about the stickers.
Not only is this a great book for children, but an important reminder for us adults too! God made us and God doesn't make mistakes. The more we focus on what other's think about us, the more those labels "stick" to us - fat, clumsy, lazy, crazy, etc... The more we focus on our Maker and Creator, the more His labels will stick - lovable, worthy, valuable, strong, etc...
We have to visit our Creator everyday to get these reminders. I hope you're shedding some of your dots and spending some time with your Creator.
Written by: Tamara Wilhelm MA, LMHC, LCAC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.