When I was a little girl my favorite color was sea green. We used to live in a small town whose utility trucks were that color and every time I would see one of those trucks around town I would yell out, “There’s my favorite color!” I’m sure there were eye rolls from my brothers because we saw those trucks a lot!
I did not realize I was in the minority with my love for this color until I was in the “Little Miss China” pageant in China, Texas.
The pageant coordinators had us fill out a form with information about ourselves. When it was my turn to walk on stage I heard myself described. “Julie has blonde hair and brown eyes. She enjoys playing with Barbie dolls and riding her bicycle. When she grows up, Julie wants to be a nurse. Her favorite color is green.”
I listened as the emcee described the other girls in the pageant. “Rhonda’s favorite color is pink. Susan’s favorite color is pink. Kelly’s favorite color is pink.” Wait, am I the only one who likes green???
I didn’t get to wear the tiara that day and in my child’s mind I thought that it was probably because I had put the “wrong” color for my favorite color.
I had a choice to make after that. I could either continue choosing sea green as my favorite color or try to fit in by saying that my favorite color was pink. I chose the former. Why would anyone want to choose a color from the 24 count box of crayons when you could choose from the 64 count box?
Since those years in the 1970s we have moved on to spectacular crayons with metallic and fluorescent colors as well as scented crayons. We even have a 120 count crayon box now. With colors like Unmellow Yellow, Sunglow, Macaroni & Cheese, Atomic Tangerine, Magic Mint, Banana Mania, and Outer Space we see that life really is full of an amazing array of colors.
I kind of see people like crayons. We are all different shades with various talents and personalities.
Perhaps instead of red, you are closer to a Razzmatazz or instead of green, you are a Screamin’ Green.
Maybe you feel like you don’t fit in that 8 count crayon box. Have you ever thought that maybe you weren’t meant to? I don’t think Albert Einstein and Ludwig van Beethoven would have fit in that box. Do you?
We are all unique with God-given talents and gifts. We are meant to use the ones He has given to each of us and be a blessing to others.
Mark Twain once said, “We are always more anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess than to be praised for the fifteen that we do possess.” Why is that?
There is a place in this world that only you can fill. Don’t fall into self-doubt. Embrace your talents. Use them for the benefit of others. Be the blessing.
Now, open up that 120 count box of crayons and choose a color!