Imagine being a young boy and having to constantly explain everyday of your life why
you look different, be excluded because you look different and pointed and
stared at everywhere you go. That is life for this boy and others who have a
rare skin disorder called Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris (PRP). PRP is a chronic rare
skin disorder characterized by reddish orange color of the skin, scaling and
flaky skin that is perceived by the average person to be a severe sunburn.
Meet my cousin Coleton. Who by the way, is one of the most beautiful people with the
biggest heart I know. Let me paint a picture for you of Coleton’s everyday life
On vacation with Coleton, you will quickly discover how judgmental people can be.
Walk in to a room with him and you will hear “put some sun screen on that
boy,” or “Gosh, don’t you know the sun burns? Use some aloe
vera.” Or just judgmental looks.
Coleton has the biggest heart of just about anyone I know. He sustains a positive
attitude and never has a complaint. Hes’ super chill, and an all around awesome person
to be around. Talk to him for five minutes and you will instantly be in a
better mood. He’s simply happy, and comfortable in his own skin. Three life lessons
I have learned from Coleton:
Stop being so judgmental:
Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother
or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the
law. If you judge the law, you are not a does of the law but a judge. There is
only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy.
Everyone has a story you may not understand. Maybe that overweight woman has a thyroid disorder;
maybe she is suffering from depression or loneliness. Maybe she needs a friend.
Or maybe your assumptions are correct and she is lazy, and doesn’t care what
she eats. But guess what, its her body, why care? Maybe she is comfortable in
her own skin, and loves her body. Learn to love yourself, and maybe you’ll love
That young lady at Church every Sunday who is always in a short shirt and super low
cut shirt..Maybe she doesn’t know any better? Or maybe she needs attention, like
a friend. But sometimes we are too busy judging to talk to her and figure out
her story. If we spent more time praying for people and less time talking about
them the world would be better.
Ever notice how some times the most beautiful people are often the most insecure?
Tall, short, fat, skinny, black, white, purple…Whatever, its beautiful, you’re beautiful
made in his image (Genesis 1:26-27)
We should love our bodies because we were made in his image and we are perfect. He loved
us so much that he sent his only son to be crucified and save us from our sins
(John 3:16), yet we complain about our thighs being too wide, our hair being
too thin, our smile being crooked or often just plain hate our bodies. When
really we should be comfortable. We are perfect, just the way we are. Happiness
and confidence is attractive and can be contagious. When we love ourselves, it’s
easy for us to love others. I believe this is a small step in changing the
1 Peter 3: 3-4
Do not let your adorning be external- the braiding of your hair and putting on of gold
jewelry, or the clothing you wear- but let your adorning be the hidden person
of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which
in Gods sight is very precious.
Let things go
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you,
along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Today at breakfast, some man came up to Coleton and told him he needed to wear more
sunscreen, and asked why he was so burnt, another man told him to use aloe
vera. I was frustrated, and just about to go off ( I am currently working on my
patience, and I am super protective when it comes to family.. work in progress
) and I was probably a little more rude than I should have been to the man.
When the man walked away, I asked Coleton, “don’t you get so sick of that?
I just don’t understand people” and he simply smiled and said, “It
gets really old, but right now, its just me and this bacon that matters.”
Wouldn’t life be so much easier and enjoyable if we had the mentality that he has? If we learned to shrug things off and just enjoy our bacon?
For more information about Coleton and his daily struggles and positivity check out his pagehttp://blog.why-im-red.com/2009/10/11/welcome.aspx