In 1974, the Canadian band Bachman Turner Overdrive, also known as BTO, had a #1 smash hit with You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet. You may already be singing the song in your head, as the lyrics are somewhat strange. Well not so much the lyrics as the way the lyrics were sung on the radio: Ba-ba-ba-baby, you ain't seen na-na-na-nothing yet. What is the deal with the way they sang it? The story goes that one day the band was fooling around in the studio with their song. They never really intended for it to be a hit, so they were just goofing around singing it like various singers would do it. They sung it jokingly like Elvis, Tiny Tim, Bob Dylan, and such. Well that particular day, their drummer, who had a stuttering problem, was not present in the studio. So they began singing the song like he would sing it...stuttering all through it. The rest is Rock n Roll history!
The members of BTO were not poking fun at their drummer as much as they were celebrating what he brought to the band. In an indirect way, he was responsible for the group's only #1 hit record. We are all different. God created us in unique ways, complete with our own talents, smarts, and levels of creativity. We also have our own quirks and less-than-perfect ways. But through God's perfect ways, we all have something to contribute to others. Regardless what our particular hang-ups may be, we all have the power to overcome those hang-ups and to do some incredible things. The key, though, is to put Christ at the center of our lives. Since He created us, He also knows how to lead us to make a huge impact on the people around us. God is good, and even if we are not, He is able to still use in in good ways. Today, let's celebrate our differences. It is so easy to point a finger at others for their faults. But if we are truly honest with ourselves, we know we have just as many as they do, if not more. Yet God does not point a finger at us.
I John 4:7 says, "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God."
Father, please teach us to love one another, regardless of what our faults may be. Remind us that we are not perfect, but You are. And it is only through You that we can make a real impact on others. In Jesus name, Amen.