When I first heard the title of Laurie Wallin’s new book, I couldn’t wait for it to release. If you know me, you can understand just how a title like Your Weirdness Is Wonderful would appeal to me.
When the book (finally) released this week, I promptly downloaded it to my Kindle and began devouring it.
I had anticipated a book that would tell me how wonderful and amazing I am, one that told me that my quirky little traits (the ones that drive my husband crazy) are actually the most awesome part of me. I wanted a book that celebrated “me” just exactly as I sat.
Let me explain what I mean by “as I sat.” I was sprawled on my bed with a dozen half-read books stacked on my nightstand. There were three different craft projects on the floor next to me. I had two Kindles, my iPhone, and my laptop going at once. I had my headphones on, listening to music (so the kids wouldn’t distract me). My planner was open to one of my MANY list pages so I could jot down ideas as they hit me.
What’s not to celebrate? Seriously. Isn’t that how EVERYONE reads books?
Apparently, my book reading preference isn’t universal. When my husband walked in, he took one look at the mess and shook his head. He asked me how I could focus with all the distractions. Then he had the nerve to ask when I was going to finish even ONE of the projects I had going at that moment.
The conversation ended with him wandering off and me feeling (once again) frustrated and slightly guilty. He’s right. I love starting projects. I have great ideas, grand plans, and big dreams. The painful truth is that I’m not actually that good at finishing things. Once the new wears off, I get bored and distracted.
I took a deep breath, cleared off half the bed, and dug into chapter one in Laurie’s book. After my husband’s you-are-less-than-wonderful conversation, I NEEDED someone to tell me that I was wonderful.
Three hours and MANY highlighted passages later, I had an entirely new perspective. In the author’s words,
“… you and I were created in the image of God. And God says our design is “supremely good” (Genesis 1:31). You and your overthinking, overplanning, worrying, quirky self were made on purpose to reveal God to the world around you in a way only you can do it. In your weirdness. Not in spite of it.” ~ author Laurie Wallin, Your Weirdness Is Wonderful
Remember the picture of me? Sitting there surrounded by my creative chaos AND my overstuffed planner? I had that very night asked God (once again) why on earth I couldn’t keep it together and be more like normal people (the kind who apparently don’t multitask on multiple digital devices while simultaneously reading, crocheting AND listening to music in bed).
What a blessing to be reminded that my strengths (creativity and organization) are often the flip side of my weaknesses (chaos and overplanning). Even more, I began to see how my strengths were at time in conflict with each other.
But mostly, I keep thinking about how best to reveal God to the world around me in a way only I can do it. In my weirdness.
Your Weirdness Is Wonderful ends with an answer to that very question.
I’m still not entirely sure how God can use my tendency to nest on the bed with a dozen different projects at once, but I’m confident that God’s plan for my life includes the quirkiest, weirdest parts of me.
Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker writes at ThisHappyMom and has a passion for encouraging weary worn out moms to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination for eggs, socks, and books. She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family. She serves an amazing God. She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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