This past week I was asked an interesting question.
Who are you? What makes you so special and sets you aside from others?
My first mental response was - I'm a writer. I blurted it. Yes, I said it aloud. There was no take-backs, no side-stepping my answer.
The response from my verbal attacker caught me ill prepared. Well, whoop-de-doo! There are other writers, you're not the only one. They could have stopped at that point, but they continued. "And some of them write better than you! So, again, what makes you so special?"
Okay, I had to do some fast mental straining of the few working cells I had left. This person wasn't going to be put off so easily and/or so quickly.
I'm a husband to a wonderful wife. You're not the only guy to wear a wedding ring, dude.
I'm a father of four sons. There are other fathers out there, that's no big whoop!
I'm a grandfather to ten wonderful children. Again, there are other grandfathers with great children.
I'm a great-grandfather to two children plus a set of twins on the way. Yeah, big whoop! Try again.
I'm a Christian. I'm retired. I served my country in the Navy. I garden.. I travel... I... I... I...
What DOES make me special? What designates me as special and not to be confused with my neighbor or friend?
Somebody said how I appear makes me unique. Unfortunately, that doesn't hold water, either. I've met my doppelganger and it was a really weird experience. I was in the Navy and was being waved at and spoken to by total strangers who acted like they knew me. It was a person from my barracks who started me on the path to discovery of my look-alike. He'd seen me at a bar in Fresno, CA and I ignored him. I was able to prove I wasn't at the bar - 1) I wasn't quite old enough at the time and 2) I had 3 buddies who I'd went to the theater with that night and played cards with until 1 AM. Then this mystery person strolled into the mess hall while I was there. He was almost a year older than me and, for all practical purposes, the spitting image of me. But, I digress. So much for looks.
After an immense amount of thought on the question, I could only come up with one answer.
It is the combination of all these things that make me the unique person I am. It is my likes and dislikes which I have the right to change as often as I desire. It is my looks, which I can change, and, of course, my heritage which I can't. It is my ancestors and my descendants. It is my accomplishments, my failures, and my dreams.
There is no one individual item that makes me unique. I can only think of one man to have lived and have one attribute to set him from others and that would be Jesus who died on the cross for our sins.
For many Christians, this week is considered a Holy Week to commemorate the final trials, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Take the time this coming Easter Sunday to attend church and celebrate his defeat of Death. For those who aren't of the Christian persuasion - may I ask you attend the worship center of your choice and recommit yourself to your faith.
Until next I ramble on...