WHO ARE YOU?
Do you ever take online quizzes or the ones in the magazines?
You know the quizzes I mean:
– what animal are you most like?
– if I were ice cream what flavor would I be?
– which “Friends” or “Disney” character are you most like?
There is a slew of them. I even took one that told me my personality type by the shape of my lipstick after I use it. I’m not kidding. The odd thing it was kind of right.
I wonder why we take these quizzes. In reality, it’s just one more way of experiencing judgment – like there isn’t enough of that in the world. But when these things pop-up I have to take them. I enthusiastically put the answers in hoping the result will say you’re wonderful.
So who am I?
The Disney character I am most like is Minnie Mouse and my “Friend” character is a cross between Ross and Monica. If I were ice cream I would be vanilla. Yes, you read that correctly vanilla!
Now I am not making this up, when the answer came up that said I was vanilla the next sentence was, “Please take this as a compliment.” Really? The test knew I was going to be insulted! When you receive a compliment, you don’t usually have to be told that it is one.
So, to sum it up I am a bland vanilla nerd who is also an optimistic obsessive-compulsive control freak.
Now, I know I didn’t disclose my animal, but I think I’ve humiliated myself enough for now. We’ll get to that later.
Instead, let me tell you about the animal I hoped to be.
Who doesn’t want to be an eagle? They have no natural predator; they’re confident as all get out, beautiful, and intelligent.
Yeah, I want to be an eagle.
They love to soar high in the sky and have superior eyesight, much better than humans.
Me? I have a fear of heights, don’t like to fly, and I can’t see a thing without my glasses.
No, I’m not an eagle.
Did you know that these birds are so sure of themselves that they never look behind them when flying? You know how most birds are looking around all the time. They are nervous nellies – wondering if someone or something is after them. Not eagles. They’re not worried about anyone or anything messing with them.
Me, I am ground-bound as I watch other women seem to soar through life accomplishing so much – with – such – ease. These women eagles continue to move forward while I, on the other hand, am constantly looking in the rearview mirror wondering what just happened.
No, I’m not an eagle.
Eagles are such good flyers they are seen doing spectacular tricks just for the fun of it.
Me, I am afraid to ride a roller coaster.
No, I’m not an eagle.
Now I know what you’re thinking, I would love to hang out with this vanilla obsessive-compulsive girl who won’t even ride a roller coaster. Such fun! Believe me, I understand. Sometimes I don’t want to hang out with me either.
OK. We know I’m not an eagle, so what animal am I?
Yes, I’m a penguin.
My animal quiz was in a book and was quite extensive. When I completed the questions I quickly turned to the page number indicated. And there it was staring back at me. I kept looking the picture hoping it would change, but it didn’t.
If not an eagle, why couldn’t it be something a bit more majestic, like a lion? But it wasn’t. The more I gazed at the picture the more discouraged I got. I contemplated my flightless life and asked myself what have I done with it? Why didn’t I push myself to soar? Why am I not an eagle, God? Why didn’t you make my life matter?
I can hear Jesus saying: ENOUGH “I didn’t die for a life that doesn’t matter.” Get over yourself. So you aren’t an eagle. I created all the animals and I created you to be who you are.
So, I stopped staring at the picture and started reading about these brave birds that don’t fly. They are actually pretty cool with a lot of great attributes. Some of their characteristics include being faithful, nurturing, and protective. They are also strong and persistent even when things get tough.
Are you like me? Do you feel like in the scheme of things your life isn’t all that important? Do you compare yourself to other women, seeing them soar like eagles while you waddle around like a penguin?
When God made things he was creative. No animal is wrong – just different. The same goes for humans. We must remember that God made us exactly as He wanted and we are important to God. Scripture confirms that our lives matter – even if we aren’t eagles. Take some time this week to meditate on the following verses: Psalm 139: 13-16 and 2 Corinthians 3:18.
Before you leave, take a minute to share your insights by commenting below about your struggles with significance. Oh, and for some fun, share what animal you want to be or what animal you think you are most like.
This penguin is signing off. See you next time.