Ever wondered why being different is viewed as being a bad thing? No? Just me? That’s fine. I’m cool with being the only one. I’m just at a place in my life right now where I’m doing a lot of thinking and evaluating. This concept or thought of being different has been playing on my mind a lot recently which has spun off into a series of questions in my brain, so what better way to get it out then to share with my girlfriends.
I’m the type of person that does a lot of thinking, observing and then in turn am not afraid to share my opinion even if it is contrary to popular opinion of the consensus amongst a group. Or am I? The older I get sometimes I find myself shying away from that and instead keep my comments to myself to keep the peace so to speak or to not seem like the “devil’s advocate” in every conversation. I recently felt SO convicted after a conversation amongst some peers where I didn’t agree to the topic of discussion and chose not to speak up. Katesha man up! You were built for this; you were created to be different. *Shame face* Lord forgive me, help me to do better. Help me stand boldly and proclaim right from wrong and do so in a manner that represents your Kingdom in the best way possible.
If this be the case, again why is it so hard to be different? As Christians we were designed to be just that different…in the world but not of the world. We may have to stand alone on what is perceived as acceptable by the world, but condemned amongst the body of Christ. God’s way is the only way; the Bible still remains true and will always be true! People can dispute it, put their own twist on it all they want, its truth still remains the same. Sin is sin and if it goes against my salvation, disrespects my Savior or threatens my spot in my Heavenly home, then I’m sorry I can’t be a part of it. Point. Blank. Period.
That means that we must live by this standard no matter what the nay sayer does or how it makes you feel. Stand boldly on your declaration of being different. Don’t give in or be ashamed to add your 2 cents. Don’t lower your standards just to fit in. Have confidence, better yet have “Godfidence” and feel good about it! We are to be set apart and may not always be voted most popular by the world’s standards but remember that in God’s eyesight we are top of the line girl! We are as good as it gets!!! (I’m speaking to myself as well).
So the next time you are granted the opportunity to speak up in the midst of family, friends, coworkers and/or complete strangers, do that. Dare to be different, I promise you will not regret it.
For you are a holy people [set apart] to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be a people for His own possession [that is, His very special treasure]. ~ Deuteronomy 7:6
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to use them accordingly: if [someone has the gift of] prophecy, [let him speak a new message from God to His people] in proportion to the faith possessed; ~ Romans 12:6
Peace & Blessings,