The Bold Square Button

By Sandra P. Aldrich

“. . . I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10

I am amazed at the number of talented, lovely women who feel inadequate. I understand, though. As a Christian woman, shouldn’t I be slim, silent and musically gifted? Well, none of those attributes describe me.

It’s taken me a while, but I finally am learning to encourage myself with the delicious thought that our heavenly Father creates individuals and not cookie cutter believers. Yes, I need to take care of my health and keep working on my weight, but it’s okay to be who I am.

As a fun reminder, I have on my desk a pint jar filled with antique buttons: tiny pinks from a baby’s garment, coarse browns from a work shirt, bright blues from a Sunday dress, and my favorite—a bold red, green, and purple square button that may have fancied up an otherwise drab winter coat.

I found the jar in an antique shop one day when I was convinced I’d never fit the proper woman mold I felt others wanted me poured into. Actually, the jar I bought sat next to one filled with only white pearl buttons. I rejected the pearl collection and purchased the jar filled with contrast and color.

Now, whenever I get into a I’ll-never-be-perfect mood, I need only to look at that jar to be reminded life would be boring if we all were the same. So if you are a bold red, green, and purple “button” like me who doesn’t fit in the pearl button world, rejoice! All of us are needed—and fit—in God’s perfect, interesting plan.

Sandra P. Aldrich is an award-winning author and international speaker. Visit her at