When I was young, a well-meaning church leader told the young man I was dating that I was kind of like “The Ugly Duckling” of storybook fame. I’m certain he was trying to pay me a compliment. He remarked that I had turned into a very beautiful young woman. I knew that is what he meant. I hope you can understand, however, that his comment cut me straight to the heart.
Growing up was a difficult thing for me to figure out. I didn’t feel like I “fit in”, and every girl desires to be beautiful–which I certainly did not feel. I was awkward, gangly, and my friend’s mother even said I looked like a “toothpick” in a dress I thought was the prettiest thing I’d ever worn! I could go on and on, but without saying more, I will simply state that “The Ugly Duckling” story has drawn my attention ever since those days.
Over the years, I have moved beyond that insecure, self-demeaning place. I’ve learned that we all gather false beliefs and self-doubts about who we REALLY are and what we came to earth to do and to give. I have come to understand more completely who I am and recognize many of the gifts I have that contribute positively to the lives of others. Yet today, I spotted this video, by Dieter Uchdorf about Our True Identity. He uses the story of the Ugly Duckling as an illustration. I thought I’d post it, just in case there are those who find it’s message and meaning to be perfect timing for them. I believe it to be a good reminder for all of us.