A mother referred to her child as special because of some developmental disabilities that child was struggling with.
I said to her, “Yes, your child is very special, but only for spiritual reasons!” We then talked about the spiritual individuality of that child, how God had given that child the ability to think intelligently, to act ably and live Life to the fullest. We talked about some of the wonderful qualities of God this young one ably expressed. We decided that it wasn’t the error-belief of a material disability that made the child special. It was the spiritual qualities he expressed as a child of God that made him special!
In the eyes of God, what makes a person special is not material distinctions, good or bad, but spiritual qualities reflected. It’s what we are spiritually that makes us special in a positive way, and everyone has an awesome spiritual individuality to reflect that is unique—and yes, special.
You are special. I am special. Every family member is special. My neighbor is special. But for spiritual reasons!
If we’re inclined to use the word special in identifying another person, it will be helpful to that person to not let the word special be used as a cover-up for an unsaid belief that there is something wrong with that person. The more healing and helpful use of the word would be to use it as a reference to the positive qualities of God that individual expresses, and can express, even if not fully evident yet. God’s fullness is present to be seen and manifested in everyone!
It’s the spiritual individuality of a person that makes them special.
A healing attitude sees everyone as special—for spiritual reasons!