I really don’t know a funnier, braver girl than Anna Takle. I’m sure they are out there. But, she is mine. So, I really love hanging out with her. Her prayer requests never get old.
“Mom, please pray I’ll have super cool dreams about vampires.”
Nor do her artistic expression requests.
“Mom, can I, please, draw bones and skulls on my bedroom wall?”
Um, no. But, you can dream about them.
Of course, this same girl who doesn’t care what you think about her outfit pick for the day can also beat her momma at a game of chess. And, create brain teasers that her momma can’t answer.
And, she always knows exactly what to do to make me laugh.
Do I think it’s normal for a six year old girl to be more interested in her karate moves than princesses? Or to ask random questions like, “Can you get your tongue tattooed?” I know, right?
But, I’m really okay with it. I don’t want “normal.” Normal isn’t working. Normal is wanting to be like everyone else.
Normal is over-scheduled kids.
Normal is thinking that sex before marriage is okay, because “we live in a different world now.”
Normal is a lot of things I don’t want Anna Takle to be.
So, I know that if I can help her submit her unique, dare to be different, wonderful personality to Christ, she will be a God kind of different. More than ever, I am aware of the fact that we are called to be in this world but not like this world. It doesn’t mean we are judgmental of people who are not followers of Christ. It does, however, mean we make it easy for them to tell us apart from the “normal.” So, they will want the better things that aren’t normal, too.
We are called to be different. And, different really is better. And it’s happier. And, I like happy. Especially, this happy girl.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2