The Poster Child:

Deciphering How the World Thinks- Part 1:

The observation:

I saw a very moving movie last night, "the Great Debaters." There was a ghastly debate: for or against "civil disobedience." The "for" team presented Henry Thoreau's view (a man who was in support of civil disobedience, i.e. individual resistance to civil government if it happens to be unjust). His views would eventually give slaves their freedom by influencing major movers and shakers such as Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Ghandi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. But the "against" team insisted that Thoreau was a self-righteous man, and that he was only just a "majority of one." How can the majority be one person? How can we accept the views of just one person as the majority? he asked.

Here, I will only focus on the question at hand (not the debate above). Why does the world choose to make one person out of 6, 692,030,277 people our "majority of one"? By whose standards do we live? Whose report can we bet our lives on? Why does the world choose the standards of mere men?

The Poster Child:

The world wants you to be a poster child, an ideal situation. A prototype. The typical. There is this idea of who the world wants you to become. The world wants you to look, feel, and react in a certain way. The Poster Child is only the view of a "majority of one." But there's a more powerful majority...

The Truth:

There is no ideal human being. Your name has been inscribed on the palm of God's hand, just like the person sitting or standing right beside you (Isaiah 49:16). Your path on earth should not be determined by what the world wants you to be. You are as diversified as you can be. You're special. Unique. Not a clone of someone else. Hollywood is the majority of one. Yes, you should strive to be a great person, but make sure you're not swamped by the views of what the world considers "greatness." Psalm 139 speaks of being unique, that God knew you even before you were born. So why stress yourself to be an image that the world has created for you? Ask God to guide you in your own unique path.

You are great when you accomplish all that God created you to do. Not because you're the "Poster Child" for the world's viewing pleasure.

*"Poster child* is just a connotation I came up with, not a familiar term--it postulates the world's idea of an ideal human being. Meanwhile, God has created the most beautifully unique 6, 692,030,277 people on earth such that everyone will exude greatness if they can only understand what they were created for.

Would you rather go with being a POSTER CHILD or do you want to seek God's unique path for your life?

Have fun with the SUPER BOWL!!! Yayyy for New Orleans......or I don't know which team to pick!!! And the super bowl ads are so funny this year. Remember not to be the ideal poster child, but the person who God has created you to be.

Photo by Lilou


Chioma said...

Wow! Wow!! Wow!!! You just brought tears to my eyes because you just put the cry of my heart down on paper (or shall I say, blogosphere?). May God teach me my uniqueness and teach the world that they should only match to HIS drum. You are a blessing, young woman :)

Jennifer A. said...

@ Chioma...*hugs*...and I say Amen to God teaching you about your own uniqueness, I pray that for myself also, and as many as will read this.

Kafo said...

indiana lost
i'm so sad

in other news
Isa. 49:16 love that verse

6.6 bil and counting na wa oooo

Jennifer A. said...

@ Kafo...I felt so sorry for Manning though, he got really teary-eyed, especially while holding his child @ the post-superbowl show. Yes o, 6.6 bil and counting...

Myne said...

I pray to be who God has made me to be. Nice write-up and The Debaters is such a wonderful thought provoking movie. Reminded me of my debating days.

Jennifer A. said...

@ Myne...I loved the movie too. The debates were awesome, and I liked the passion of the students. Definitely thought-provoking.

Blessing said...

Wonderfully said! I want to fulfill the purpose for why I was created by God's grace!

The Life of a Stranger called me said...
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The Life of a Stranger called me said...

And as long as I have breath, I will continue to revel in the fact that I am simply unbeatable, for I have been created to be one. I am unique for no one has been created as wonderfully as me. And I have been created to impact the world, for how else would My creator have brought me forth into this world. I will leave my mark, a footprint that shows the path the Omnipotent had created for me even before the creation of the world. I am whom God say I am, because I AM made it so.

What story would your footprint leave? Would it choose to follow the leadership of Your creator into your uniquely carved out path, or would it simply be confused into comforming into what the "majority of one" says it should be?

I thoroughly enjoyed this post Jaycee.. Muahh.. Your grey cells are indeed showing the uniqueness that is you..

Even though I stand a far off, I know that your footprints will never vear off from the direction it was created to go. Love you babe.

Jennifer A. said...

@ BBY: I pray that you fulfill it. May your steps be ordered in the right direction. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

@ LOASM: the best thing I love about your comment is that your iron sharpens mine. Thanks so much. May you leave your unique mark that you were created to leave in this world. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Patrinas Pencil said...

I don't want even one person tryint to be like me. I don't want that responsibility. Besides, what's the fun in that? God made us unique so that we could compliment each other's uniqueness as one body.

May I become all that God has planned for me - to do the will of my Father which knew me before the beginning of time. If only we could see us as God sees us!! That would be heaven on earth.

Thanks, Jaycee for sharing.
God bless
Patrina <")>><