A cheesy host asks the contestant, "If you could have one wish, what would it be?" The young woman simpers and answers in a sugary voice, "World peace."
I'm not bashing the Miss America contestants. They're intelligent, talented, and beautiful.
I cheer for those young women...even with my cellulite thighs and bat-wing triceps flapping.
And even though I've experienced many times when I didn't feel intelligent, or talented, or beautiful.
Have you ever felt like that?
Hold onto your Kraft American singles because this may sound as cheesy as the mock Miss America host.
If I could have one wish, I'd want everyone, young and old, to know this:
You are special.
You are loved.
Since the Miss America Fairy won't be swooping by to grant my wish, consider this.
You matter so much that God says to you, “I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!" Jeremiah 31:3 The Message bible.
May that truth bring peace to your world.
Photo courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org. Beauty pageant contestants at National Rice Festival, Crowley, Louisiana,1938. Photo by Russell Lee.