Ugly Duckling

PCFL607 618Runts, black sheep, the shy, unattractive, unappreciated; undeveloped

I love it when ugliness is beautiful. I love character flaws. Marcia Gay Harden

The beauty on the inside, will determine the ugly on the outside. Anthony Liccione

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is ugliness. Author Unknown

  The fairy tale of the ugly duckling teaches us about human nature. A “duckling” is born in a barn yard. It is ugly, unattractive, clumsy and awkward in everything it does. It is looked down upon and shunned because of its differences.  Our life’s experiences would lead us to expect nothing but bad outcomes for this ugly duckling.

The duckling turns out really to be a signet (baby swan). The swan egg somehow ends up in a nest with the duck eggs. As the story goes, the ugly duckling overcomes its environment and turns into a beautiful swan. The parallels of this story to our lives are many. There are wrong impressions, prejudices, being judgmental, being unkind and unloving. We are too quick to pass judgment, be prejudiced, have low expectations and not give the benefit of the doubt when we should. We have known some ugly ducklings which somehow turned into beautiful swans. Many of us in our own various ways know what is like to have been or continue to be ugly ducklings.

The signet had in its DNA which made it become much more than the ugly duckling it happened to start life as. In the fairy tale, the signet’s genetic nature took over and turned it into the beautiful swan it was intended to be. Our lives are also dependent upon genetic programming and equally on the environmental influences in which we are born and subjected to throughout our entire lives. We have no control over our genetic programming and no influence on our early environmental influences, but as we grow older and start maturing, we increasingly must take the responsibility for determining what we do with our lives. In many ways: “We get out of life what we put into it”. Whether we had good and ideal beginnings or we had marginal or even undesirable beginnings, it finally gets to the point, those things matter very little, it is always what we do with what we have that matters.

The Ugly Duckling reminds us things do not always end up as they start, there is always hope. There may be more to things than we can see or realize. We should not be too quick to judge, should always do our best, and help others do their best whenever we can. There are many ugly ducklings waiting to become beautiful swans.

Challenge:  Have you ever considered yourself as an ugly duckling? Why do you think this way? Are there those whom you treat as ugly ducklings? Sometimes what you perceive as ugly is a mistake in judgment or perception on your part. What is really inside? This makes up and determines who and what you really are. This determines true beauty or ugliness. Try and become the good and beautiful person you can be. This is what really counts.

Wisdom: “It doesn’t matter if you’re born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan’s egg. Hans Christian Anderson

Spiritual: (NIV)

The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

The best attitude for living is having a spirit of love. The power of love allows us to rise above conditions and be more in control of our thoughts and actions. Those who have it together are those who have good attitude about themselves and their lives. We are limited both in our attitude and ability to love because of our sinful nature. God enables and teaches us how to truly love through the power of His Holy Spirit. He can teach us how to love.

Prayer: Help me to overcome my selfish and unloving ways and to learn to have a more loving attitude.

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