Another Perspective on “Youer than You”

I attended a graduation this month where the class motto was a Dr Seuss quote, “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

The commencement speaker gave them a hard time about it, and I was irritated with him, thinking I could have made a fabulous address out of it!

But soon he redeemed himself by making his whole address in rhyme, and largely with their names. It was very clever and created a lot of laughter, so it ended well.

I picked up the program yesterday and read the motto again and noticed it had been misprinted on the program! Oh no! Yep, there it was,

“Today you are You that is truer than true. There is one alive who is Youer than You.”

I hadn’t noticed it before, and now I couldn’t believe it. What a tragic mistake for the seniors’ keepsake, to have that wonderful motto mis-quoted.

But then I thought about it from another perspective.

True, it isn’t the Dr. Seuss quote, but it is almost better that way, especially for commencement.

It is good to know there is one youer than you. Not one more you, there is only one you, no duplicates, ever. But there is one who knows you better than you do. Weird thought, isn’t it?

Actually not so weird, most of us don’t know our crazy places as well as the people around us do. We hide from them all the time (and they run into them all the time.)

But think about the good side of it, we have so many things about us that are unique: finger prints, voice prints, eye prints, heart beats, the list goes on. Someone knows all of that, right down to the number of hairs on your head. Not that hair is all that important. I think Jesus was just making a point about God’s interest in us and care for us. It is to such an extent that He even knows a little oddity that we wouldn’t begin to know or care about.

So the next time you’re feeling down and alone, think about God knowing you better than you do, and still He loves you more than anyone ever has or ever will. That should bring life back into your heart. Perfect love (His) drives out fear. Take a breath and dare to believe it.

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