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Topic: Right and Left (07/31/14)
- TITLE: You Can't Change Me
By LaVonne Wood
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I recall hearing the teacher say, “Raise your right hand.” Invariably, I would raise my left hand first, realize my mistake, and quickly put it down and raise my right hand. This made me feel a little stupid at the time because I obviously knew the difference between left and right. However, my natural reaction was to raise the hand I used most often.
Then there was the matter of using a pair of scissors. Back then they didn’t make scissors for the either or hand use. My thumb would get so sore using those right-handed scissors. I bet the teachers wondered why I didn’t like art class. Thankfully, my dad bought me a special, expensive pair of left-handed scissors. I still use those same scissors today.
As I grew older, I didn’t have as many problems being left-handed. Just don’t tell me to turn left or right when I’m driving or you never know where we will end up. North, south, east or west as a direction is a better choice. Thankfully, through the years, it has become more acceptable for children to use whichever hand they desire.
I’m not sure why God made some right and some left-handed people, just as am not sure why He made some to be teachers and some to be doctors or lawyers. Why do some want to work in an office and others want to work in the great outdoors? I do believe that the Lord made us all different for a reason. Finding out what we are designed to do and accomplish will greatly enhance our joy in this life. If He made us all different for a purpose, then He has a special purpose for each of us. Searching out our special talents will help us find that purpose.
We should also do our best to help others find their God-given talents instead of trying to mold them into what we think they should be. For example, there is a fine young man I know who is very gifted in mechanics. He went to school for mechanics and was one of the top students in his class. However, he could only get his grandfather’s inheritance if he lived on the farm and became a farmer. Why do parents and grandparents try to force their children to become what they were not designed by God to be? For that matter, why do we tell people to go right when they want to go left? Who are we to say what’s best for someone, unless, of course, it goes against the Word of God.
I am sure my teachers were not trying to harm me when they tried to force me to use my right hand. I’m just thankful I was stubborn enough to be me. I am still that way today when it comes to the things of God. I want to develop the gifts and talents God has given me so I can accomplish all He wants me to accomplish while I’m here. So, don’t tell me to go right when I want to go left, or when I believe God is directing my path in another direction. I don’t want anyone to change me; I just want God to help me find out who I really am.
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