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Small Wooden People


The Wemmicks were small wooden people.


Each of the wooden people was carved by a woodworker named Eli. His workshop sat on a hill overlooking their village.


Every Wemmick was different. Some had big noses, others had large eyes. Some were tall and others were short. Some wore hats, others wore coats. But all were made by the same carver and all lived in the village. And all day, every day, the Wemmicks did the same thing: They gave each other stickers.


Each Wemmick had a box of golden star stickers and a box of gray dot stickers. Up and down the streets all over the city, people could be seen sticking stars or dots on one another.


The pretty ones, those with smooth wood and fine paint, always got stars. But if the wood was rough or the paint chipped, the Wemmicks gave dots. The talented ones got stars, too.. Some could lift big sticks high above their heads or jump over tall boxes. Still others knew big words or could sing very pretty songs. Everyone gave them stars. Some Wemmicks had stars all over them! Every time they got a star it made them feel so good that they did something else and got another star. Others, though, could do little. They got dots.


Punchinello was one of these. He tried to jump high like the others, but he always fell. And when he fell, the others would gather around and give him dots. Sometimes when he fell, it would scar his wood, so the people would give him more dots. He would try to explain why he fell and say something silly, and the Wemmicks would give him more dots. After a while he had so many dots that he didn't want to go outside. He was afraid he would do something dumb such as forget his hat or step in the water, and then people would give him another dot. In fact, he had so many gray dots that some people would come up and give him one without reason.


"He deserves lots of dots," the wooden people would agree with one another. "He's not a good wooden person."


After a while Punchinello believed them. "I'm not a good wemmick," he would say.


The few times he went outside, he hung around other Wemmicks who had a lot of dots. He felt better around them.


One day he met a Wemmick who was unlike any he'd ever met. She had no dots or stars. She was just wooden.


Her name was Lulia. It wasn't that people didn't try to give her stickers; it's just that the stickers didn't stick. Some admired Lulia for having no dots, so they would run up and give her a star. But it would fall off. Some would look down on her for having no stars, so they would give her a dot. But it wouldn't stay either.


'That's the way I want to be', thought Punchinello. 'I don't want anyone's marks.' So he asked the stickerless Wemmick how she did it. "It's easy," Lulia replied. "every day I go see Eli."


"Eli?"


"Yes, Eli. The woodcarver. I sit in the workshop with him."


"Why?"


"Why don't you find out for yourself? Go up the hill. He's there." And with that the Wemmick with no marks turned and skipped away.


"But he won't want to see me!" Punchinello cried out. Lulia didn't hear.


So Punchinello went home. He sat near a window and watched the wooden people as they scurried around giving each other stars and dots.


"It's not right," he muttered to himself. And he resolved to go see Eli.


He walked up the narrow path to the top of the hill and stepped into the big shop hoping you'd come," Eli explained.


"I came because I met someone who had no marks."


"I know. She told me about you."


"Why don't the stickers stay on her?"


"Because she has decided that what I think is more important than what they think. The stickers only stick if you let them." "What?"


"The stickers only stick if they matter to you. The more you trust my love, the less you care about the stickers."


"I'm not sure I understand."


"You will, but it will take time. You've got a lot of marks. For now, just come to see me every day and let me remind you how much I care."


Eli lifted Punchinello off the bench and set him on the ground. "Remember, "Eli said as the Wemmick walked out the door. "You are special because I made you. And I don't make mistakes."


Punchinello didn't stop, but in his heart he thought, "I think he really means it." And when he did, a dot fell to the ground.


Think about it... we judge others by our standards and others judge us by theirs, but at the end of the day we are all fellow Wemmicks.....er... Humans, perfect and imperfect in our own little ways which makes each one unique..... special... and for those of us who believe, don't you agree that the opinion of our Maker is most important?


Be glad and thankful for what one has and live life to the fullest and don't spend too much time worrying about the "stars and dots" and don't waste time giving out "dots" either !!!!


Max Lucado





















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