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I Don't Make Mistakes

While at a conference this past weekend, the speaker (Marcus Warner, Deeper Walk International) told us about a book that was a favorite of his. I went home and ordered it, thinking it was just for my children. I had no idea the impact it would make on me as well.

The book is called, “You Are Special” by Max Lucado. The story is about a village of small wooden people called Wemmicks who were made by a woodcarver named Eli. All day every day the Wemmicks did the same thing; they went around putting gold stars or gray dot stickers on each other. They gave gold stars if you did something good and gray dots if you did something bad. One particular wood person named Punchinello always had other wood people putting gray dots on him. He could never do anything right and he never felt good enough. Finally, he got so tired of all his gray dots that he just stayed in his house most of the time. But one day he met a girl named Lucia who didn’t have any stars or dots stuck to her at all, and he couldn’t figure out why. Lucia told him it was because she went to see Eli the woodcarver every day. Punchinello did not understand this. She encouraged Punchinello to go see Eli and so he did.

When Punchinello asked why Lucia didn’t have any gold stars or gray dots, the woodcarver replied, “Because she has decided that what I think is more important that what they think. The stickers only stick if you let them. The stickers only stick if they matter to you. The more you trust my love, the less you care about their stickers. Remember, you are special because I made you. And I don’t make mistakes.”(1)

(Illustration from the book "You Are Special" by Max Lucado)


Tears came to my eyes as I read this to my children. The truth that resonated from this story was such a great reminder to my heart as well as to theirs.

What God thinks about us is more important than what others think about us. He loves us so much just the way we are. He treasures us and He doesn’t make judgments about us based on what we look like, what possessions we have, or what we do. His love is unconditional, and eternal.

We are not who we are in Christ because of anything we have done; we are in Christ because of what He has done on the cross.

Do we believe this?

What gray dots are you wearing around that just keep on sticking and sticking and sticking? When you look in the mirror, do you only see a bunch of gray dots?

Will you crawl into your Father’s arms and let Him remind you how special you are, and how much you are loved? He is the One who meets our most critical and foundational needs…our identity, our acceptance, our security, and our significance.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! - 1 John 3:1

Father, I praise you for your reminder that you don’t make mistakes. We are precious to you and we are loved by you. You removed all the gray dots the moment your Son Jesus died on the cross for us. Please help us to live in that freedom and let all those dots on us fall to the ground. Amen.

Thanks Max Lucado, for a great story.


Source: (1) - “You Are Special” by Max Lucado. Illustrations by Sergio Martinez. Text Copyright 2002. Crossway Publishing; Wheaton, Illinois.

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If you are an imperfect wife, mom, daughter, or friend, struggling to stay focused on God in the craziness and find joy in the heartache, then we have something in common. I am a recovering perfectionist and daughter of the King, slowly learning to fully trust the One who sees me just as I am, and is already pleased. I’m so glad you are here.

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