In the end, the “boring” flower pot is anything but boring…


A couple of Christmases ago I was shopping for a small gift for my office Christmas party gift exchange. At Target I found a cute pot that came with an amaryllis bulb and the needed dirt. I thought it was a nice and simple gift, something I would enjoy receiving myself. I decided not to wrap it but just tied a ribbon around it instead. My husband thought he would be silly and bought a snow shovel and wrapped it in its exact shape; no one would have to wonder what the gift was! We met up with another couple to drive to the party together. She had brought a nice candle and he brought a knife for the exchange.

During the party we played a game for the gift exchange. Each person had an opportunity to keep the gift they had been randomly handed, or to exchange it with someone else. Wouldn’t you know it, my little flower pot was exchanged by everyone who ended up with it! It seemed to me that people were not sure what in the world it was! The final chance to exchange gifts took place and in the end… I ended up with the unwanted flower pot.

That night my husband went home with the knife our friend had brought (my husband, who had been to the ER a week before when he sliced his hand open with a knife…). My friend ended up with a candle and she said she actually liked the one she brought a whole lot better. Her husband went home with the snow shovel that my husband brought (he already had several snow shovels at home). And I went home with the flower pot I brought but no one wanted. We were clearly the losers of that gift exchange!

A few weeks after the party I planted the bulb in the pot. Over the next few months I cared for it and watched it grow into a beautiful amaryllis plant. As I looked at the lovely plant one day it hit me… I am the boring flower pot.

More than a few times in my life I have been overlooked, misunderstood, not chosen, and undervalued; much like my little flower pot.

Are you struggling with feeling rejected? Forgotten? Used? Let me tell you, you’re not alone.

Early in my young adult years I experienced rejections that affected me for years. I was overlooked in major ways. I was used for my skills but not appreciated for the unique individual that I am. I eventually walked away from that situation but the scars remained. Over time I proved myself to myself. I realized what a smart, caring, and creative person I really am. So many people have encouraged me and taken notice of the incredible talents I poses. Still, the feelings of inadequacy creep in when I’m feeling weak. In those moments I remind myself of who I know that I am. Who HE says I am.

When you are overlooked and undervalued just get up, brush yourself off, and move on to be around those who will respect you. Serve others, work hard, dream big, be yourself, and you will make it!

Don’t underestimate a little boring flower pot.

A Portrait of Self Image - Amaryllis

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 6:28

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

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