Recently, the sequel to a small movie from my childhood was released. You may have heard of it - The Incredibles?
So after church a while back we decided to go see the sequel and thought it’d be a good idea to watch the first beforehand, and there was one moment that really stuck with me.
Dash: But Dad always said our powers were nothing to be ashamed of; our powers made us special.
Helen: Everyone's special, Dash.
Dash: [muttering] Which is another way of saying no one is.
Dash’s response really made me think. The world tried to tell us that because everyone is special, that renders the point moot and makes no one special. But that’s not true. Everyone is special in their own right. There is no one else exactly like you. Even identical twins aren’t exactly the same.
There was a great quote from the actor Zachary Levi in an interview from Comic-Con a few weeks ago where the interviewer said, “so you’ve said you would compare this film to the 1988 film ‘Big’ with Tom hanks in it. Did you feel pressured to be like Tom Hanks?” To which Levi replied, “I don’t feel pressured to have to fill anyone’s shoes. I hope that we’re just filling our own shoes, and they fit well.”
And again this made me think just how I've always felt the world is asking me, 'who’s shoes are you trying to fill?' Whether it be coming into a job after someone else, or just trying to be like someone else.
But have you ever worn someone else’s shoes? Maybe you’ve found yourself somewhere where you haven’t had the right footwear. If those shoes have first been worn by someone else, even if they’re the same size as you, there is always going to be something that feels not quite right.
This is the same with trying to be like someone else, or live up to what someone else does; you may get close, but it will never quite fit you right.
That’s because God didn’t make us 'one size fits all', but rather he made us 'every size is different'.
Would God have made you if he already had someone exactly like that? I don’t think he would. Each and every one of us is an original; not a copy of someone else, but an original version of you. There is no one else out there quite like you, despite what the world and statistics may say.
There is only one me, and there is only one you.